Man chronicles firefighters' 67-hour shift digging out N.J. township
January 1st, 2011
08:37 PM ET

Man chronicles firefighters' 67-hour shift digging out N.J. township

The epic snowstorm that hit the Northeast last week was matched with an epic effort from first responders, including a group of firefighters in Neptune, New Jersey, population about 5,100.

The Hamilton Fire Company crew that worked the night after Christmas were all volunteers, said iReporter Bhak Tanta-Nanta, a firefighter who filmed a 67-hour shift that spanned three days.

That fire crew and other first responders had to deal with abandoned vehicles, waist-deep snow and residents upset that snow on their streets hadn't been plowed fast enough.

Among the difficulties Tanta-Nanta, a five-year volunteer, and his crew mates faced were:

– A house fire that the crew had to trek to from another street. Did firefighters have issues with the waterhose freezing? “We had issues getting to the house,” Tanta-Nanta said.
– Thirty inches of snow in some areas.
– Six hours of sleep over a three-day period.

Neighbors assisted first responders, digging an almost two-block-long trench so they could pull an injured elderly man from his home.

Firefighters had problems getting to the man’s home. “We could not reach the house but neighbors had been walking to the street [to flag down EMS crews], so they had already made a little path,” Tanta-Nanta said.

At one point, neighbors and children helped dig trenches with the firefighters, Tanta-Nanta said.

‘The whole neighborhood came together. It was really cool to see.”

When asked why he volunteers, Tanta-Nanta said, “I don’t know. We give back to the community. That’s what we do.”

soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. big AL

    Greed why did you bring up your real mom? Oops...I forgot, you didn't know you were adopted. Sooooorrrrrrrrryyyy!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. j rob

    nobody bit at my big ten talk? I thought after today I'd get all kinds of smack talk.. Goodnight all

    January 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MissAnthrope

    Amen, big AL.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greed is Great

    You was a Army Grunt? Well I was an Army Grunt, how about that. See that big Al I am making fun of guess who and guess who will have to read this five times before he figures out his own blow hard tendencies don't stack up to squat. Now go eat corn ya back yard breeder, probably wearing overalls too.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rhonda

    Will there be a sudden infux of pregnant women delivering in the northeast hospitals in September 2011?

    January 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Should be interesting

    January 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    Hey greed,
    the word is spelt nincOmpoop, not nincAmpoop, you nincompoop.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greed is Great

    Rhonda we can try?

    January 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    the reason it's a story is cause the FIREfighters, and there shoveling snow. this shows that they are growing and expanding trying new things.

    this story could have been better if the firefighters were using flame throwers to melt the snow..

    January 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greed is Great

    Nincompoop from a true nicopoop

    January 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. big AL

    @Good you thought that all by yourself? Good boy! How did you learn that complex jargon? From sesame street for inbreds?

    January 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greed is Great

    Imbreds Al it is Imbreds.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. big AL

    @Good go on Dave Letterman for stupid human tricks on spelling. Your great at it!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    back when they first discover fire where they called firefighters or firestompers? anyways i guess watersquirters probably came in second when they were choosing a namechange.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mel

    If only there was some way for everyone to stay focused on the story of volunteers and community members who pulled together – instead of getting sucked into the emotional vortex of some angry guy with a bogus claim to an advanced degree. (Some posters thrive on confrontation.) As for volunteer firefighters: two friends volunteer with their local fire departments. They're awesome guys. Anyone who thinks it's easy to put out a fire should try managing the hoses or working his way through a burning house first ...

    January 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      claiming a false degree is a lowly cowardly thing to do. i suffered 6 long years to get my degree to only find out underwater basket-weaving is one of the hardest job fields to land a high paying job. now i'm working an extra job at ken-taco-hut to pay some of my student loans off.

      January 2, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12