Help for New York firefighters who lost their gear in Superstorm Sandy is starting to take shape in Garden City.
Firefighter Amy Headrick is collecting surplus equipment from departments in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry and will use vacation time to deliver it to a fire station in Island Park Long Island.
On Monday, she received her first shipment of gear. The chief and assistant chief of the Long County Fire Department dropped off a trailer full of gear that their department could spare -- fire hose, draft hose, an attic ladder, an axe -- all equipment that will help their firefighter brothers in island park get back on their feet.
The long county firefighters say all they had to do was think about the challenges they faced during the wildfires in their community two years ago, and the help they received during that difficult time, to decide they wanted to respond in any way they could.
"We hope it's like we were,'' said assistant chief Richard Truman. "We had a big sense of relief from all the people in Garden City, Savannah, all the surrounding counties around us. They came and lent us a hand in our time of need and we hope that this will show that we're willing to lend a hand too.''
Headrick plans to leave Garden City for New York on Dec. 23. She will use vacation time to deliver the gear over the Christmas holiday.
On Monday, she also received her first monetary donation, $500 from Long County Protective Services, an auxiliary branch of the Long County Fire Department.