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Selfless custodian ensures safety and comfort in shelter amid chaos

November 5, 2012

NEW YORK — Richard Gorgoglione, a custodian with the Department of Education, took care of more than 1,000 Lower East Side residents fleeing from Sandy’s wrath, according to The Daily Beast.

evacuation shelterAt the height of the storm, a capacity crowd, including eights dogs, a cat and a rabbit, were entrusted to Gorgoglione’s care, all spread over five floors in Seward Park High School, the article stated.

According to the article, Gorgoglione shared shelter duties with an equally tireless crew of about 30 city employees and 10 civilian volunteers.

The Office of Emergency Management installed a portable generator outside the building to keep the lights on even after the building lost power, the article noted.

Gorgoglione went without sleep as he watched over shelter residents who were able to get some sleep on city-provided cots and blankets, making sure all had everything they needed to make their time as comfortable as possible, the article added.

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