ALBANY, N.Y. - Nearly two months after superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York City and Long Island, some of the Capital Region's very own first responders are being recognized for their response efforts,
Fourteen fire departments from Albany County sent crews and equipment to Long Island, providing coverage and support to the Long Beach Fire Department and community.
Those honored said they weren't looking for a pat on the back when they responded, but it was nice to receive the recognition.
The McKownville Volunteer Fire Department was ready for battle as they began a three-day deployment in Long Beach New York.
Thursday, Assistant Fire Chief Russ Becker expressed his pride in the crew as they were honored for their response and recovery efforts.
For Becker the memories of the indescribable loss are still very close.
"It was sad to look at the loss of their personal property. The pictures, their clothing, whatever they owned was in huge piles out in front of their homes," said Becker.
At the award ceremony, the New York State Deputy Fire Administrator said that there are still roughly 1,000 people without power in NYC and Long Island from superstorm Sandy.