Tonight We Would Like to Remember The People Who Were Killed by Hurricane Sandy

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You won’t find a plaque with their name on it anywhere, people won’t gather tonight by the ocean at sunset with lit candles calling out their names. One year ago today 138 people lost their lives as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy, here are some of their stories. Warning! these stories are graphic!!


Artur Kasprzak, 28
Monday, October 29, 2012
South Beach, Staten Island
The off-duty NYPD rescued seven members of his family, including his 15-month-old son, from rising flood waters by ushering them into the attic, only to die from electrocution.

angela-dresch-2Angela Dresch, 13 and George Dresch, 55
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tottenville, Staten Island
Refusing to evacuate because their home was robbed during Hurricane Irene, father and daughter drowned when a massive wave came in and knocked their house off its foundation. Mother/wife Patricia is in critical condition with hypothermia

50110_100000781438644_4295467_nJohn Filipowicz Sr., 51 and John Filipowicz Jr., 20
Monday, October 29, 2012
Oakwood Beach, Staten Island
John Sr. didn’t want to leave his family home behind, so his son stayed with him. They were found together in the basement, where they drowned, locked in a final embrace.

400362_452639434777571_1737346586_nLauren Abraham, 23
Monday, October 29, 2012
Richmond Hill, Queens
The makeup artist was electrocuted when she tripped and fell on a downed power line, after going outside to take photos of the storm. Her body burned for 30 minutes before emergency personnel arrived.

lester_kaplan_400Lester Kaplan, 73
Friday, November 2
Brigantine, NJ

Found by fire rescue workers after his wife was unable to reach him four days after the storm. She was out of town attending nursing school and he had chosen to stay in his home and ride out the storm despite a mandatory evacuation order. He was found lying on the floor of his living room, hypothermic and near death in an unheated and flooded house. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Erwin Bockhorn, 72
Monday, October 29 or Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Despite efforts by his ex-wife and her fiancé to get him to leave as the storm was hitting the area, he chose not to evacuate. He drowned in his hom

Maureen Caporino, 65
Monday, October 29 or Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Jersey City, NJ
Found dead in her apartment. Her oxygen machine no longer worked after the power went out. She had turned to bottled oxygen, which the police said either ran out or proved insufficient.

Vernie Mathison, 61
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
West Orange, NJ
His oxygen machine stopped working after the electricity went out. The authorities said the cause of death was respiratory failure.

Mark “The Barber” Caramanna, 54
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Ortley Beach, NJ
His family’s home destroyed by the hurricane on Monday, Mark was only allowed to visit his barber shop on Saturday to survey the damage. Upon seeing that his business was also destroyed, he had a massive heart attack and died on the spot.

Brandon-and-Connor-MooreConnor Moore, 4 and Brandon Moore, 2
Monday, October 29, 2012
South Beach, Staten Island
Attempting to evacuate, their mother’s car stalled in flood waters and they had to get out and walk. She was carrying them in her arms when a surge came and swept them away.

11814413-largeBeatrice Spagnuolo, 79
Monday, October 29, 2012
Midland Beach, Staten Island
When the storm surge hit, she became trapped in her home and drowned. Her daughter Lucy had run outside to start the car in an attempt to flee. When the surge came, she wasn’t able to get back inside to save her mother.



Jack Baumler, 11 and Michael Robson, 13
Monday, October 29, 2012
North Salem, NY
Neighbors playing together during the storm were killed instantly when an 100-foot oak tree fell into the living room of the Baumler home where they were hunkered down. Michael’s two siblings and Jack’s brother and mother suffered minor injuries but survived.


121102035243-beth-rich-everett-victim-sandy-story-bodyRichard Everett, 54 and Elizabeth Everett, 48
Monday, October 29, 2012
Mendham, NJ
Husband and wife were killed when a 100-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide tree fell on their car. They were driving to their horse farm to prepare for the storm. Their sons, 14 and 11, were sitting in the backseat and sustained minor injuries. Their older daughters weren’t in the car.