Local firefighters go north to help Hurricane Sandy victims

By Mahsa Saeidi, Reporter
POSTED: 6:51 PM Nov 01 2012   UPDATED: 9:52 AM Nov 04 2012
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Volunteer firefighters in Onslow County traveled north Friday to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"How many times has Eastern North Carolina got hit by a hurricane, major devastation, with floods and winds?" said Brian Romans, Chief at the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Hubert. "Now it's our time to pay it forward.  We want to make an impact as a small volunteer fire department."

Romans, along with a group of six to eight volunteer firefighters from Bear Creek and Hubert, will make stops in the disaster stricken areas of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Romans said the crew will be focused on helping those in rural areas. 

"We want to go to those places that didn't have the opportunity to get the media attention," said Romans.  "They're the ones that still need help."

On Monday, firefighters began collecting supplies from area businesses, locals and the USO in Jacksonville.  Romans said they have collected non-perishable food items, baby supplies and water.

The group will spend anywhere from three to five days providing aid to local fire departments and wounded warriors.

"They told me about a former Marine that they're going to be bringing some food to because he's a double amputee," said Deb Fisher, Director of the USO in Jacksonville.  "He lives by himself up in Pennsylvania I believe, so we put a care package together for him out of our food pantry."

Romans, who served nearly 16 years in the Marine Corps, is anxious to help out a fellow service member in need.  "Marines... we're going to get the job done," said Romans. "We're going to get up there and we're going to get to those people that others can't get to."

If you would like to donate supplies, contact the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department at 910-326-5999.