ER nurse swims to work after Sandy
Undeterred by rising floodwaters
- Duration 3:54
- Date Nov 21, 2012
Undeterred by rising floodwaters
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We saw the -- -- spike in the wake of hurricane sandy as people stop showing up for work.
Couldn't get there but not for our next guest she's an ER technician who went above and beyond the call of duty.
The morning after sandy left her town in New Jersey underwater Marcia hedge path.
Felt she had to get to work so what did -- do.
She swam nearly 200 yards to a highway and then hitched a ride with -- she joins us live to tell us all about that it's hurt or -- could.
Morning okay so the night of hurricane sandy.
It all hell was breaking -- outside your house right.
Absolutely -- there was no -- citizen and if I had no way of contacting other people you know and just it was crazy could you tell that your neighborhood was flooded.
Yeah I like it's held up my street was I couldn't tell of a -- -- knowing that neighborhood I can tell the neighborhood so the.
You -- dedicated -- your job at first light you figure I got to go to work so.
What you do you put some clothes where 10 AMP grocery bag and just tied it up and.
Throw it over my shoulder and said let's get out of here so you went to see you again you were live on the second floor you went downstairs and what you find.
When I got about -- -- I haven't this is being.
Where you would normally you wouldn't jump off at that level to get to the ground so -- high so I said while I got this one instance that the more -- to swim -- that.
They would have -- and -- you can't see what's there you know you couldn't see the stats.
So you -- -- how far.
Well 200 yards -- from the back of the house to just break down -- -- -- Yes.
This -- and and what was floating through the water.
-- you're dodging you are swimming and dodging and stuff at the same time I did stop at my truck to see if I could actually get at it and and started.
So -- you're you're dodging stuff what is what -- feel like.
It's 64 degrees so it's pretty -- but it's not at what point did you say this probably was not a very good idea.
I set -- for the beginning.
I said -- for the beginning but he just couldn't stay at home -- I wasn't gonna stay wants a commit myself to doing that I just and those that went -- now you know.
All right -- swim the 200 yards the length of two football fields you you get to a place where you're -- -- road and you decide well I'm still a ways from work then what did you do stuck out my found.
Your kitchen -- -- expect that nobody was out that day accept -- Michigan's it got power company.
A guy in a bucket truck.
Pulled over and and you said you do want to go where.
To the ER and what did he say they set it for yourself but I -- that -- -- kind of nice that I worked there and -- like oh okay.
Top -- hip hip hop and -- being -- -- who just swam 200 yards.
-- when you get your hospital.
What would you find.
A lot of people waited to be helped chaos right -- -- look at -- But that's we were one of the busier -- and it's on the eastern seaboard so that's not unusual for us to have -- the -- was KS I can't even describe absolutely lacerations.
All sorts of people all banged up because -- you know -- -- -- trading yeah people just meeting happened and looking like they really do just -- -- you know what they really needed you there that day at the hospital I guess now where -- surprising you swim 200 yards you know what's really funny Arcandor.
You know we we don't really raise eyebrows about how we get to where we're just happy that you're there -- another another warm body -- -- pegged its -- but the talk of a fantastic it if I ever -- a hospital at one a team of folks just like you dedicated didn't work thank you know what a story of Marcia had that.
Yes thank you very much for -- fire today nice meeting aren't.
You've warmed up.
-- -- thank you have a great Thanksgiving thank you -- --