Firefighters from New Orleans Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

New Orleans (LA) firefighters have arrived in New York to help Hurricane Sandy victims, returning a favor years after their Fire Department of New York (FDNY) brethren assisted the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"When New Orleans was totally evacuated, they stayed for six weeks," Captain David Nick told the FOX New Orleans affiliate ( "There was over 600 New York firemen and they fought fires with us initially and they helped in rescues. But once that was done, they went to our houses, they gutted our houses, they did everything and anything that needed to be done and they really stepped up to the plate. More than anything, they lifted the spirits of the guys."

A total of 40 New Orleans firefighters will spend time working with FDNY. The firefighters all volunteered their time and co-workers covered the shifts. Southwest Airlines offered to fly all the firefighters for free, with the first group leaving Tuesday morning.



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