Video shows New Jersey National Guard troops in trucks and on foot amid knee-high flooding to pick up residents stranded by Superstorm Sandy flooding.
One relieved mom, safe and dry with her infant daughter in a Guard vehicle, tells troops, “I’ll have a story to tell her when she’s older.”
The mom, Natalie Vuckovic, and her daughter Rosalie, were rescued from a “cold, candlelit night” by members of the New Jersey National Guard’s 2nd 113 Infantry Battalion, according to the YouTube blurb.
Across the state, New Jersey’s citizen soldiers are “napping where they can, eating when they can and saving everyone they can.”
The National Guard has transitioned to a State Active Duty Joint Task Force with more than 1,100 airmen and soldiers.
More than 450 higher-water vehicles, including Humvees and heavy trucks, are employed assisting civil authorities.
“I just rushed, ‘Excuse me, I need to go to the hospital,’ and they just scooped me up,” said Latifah Crandell, clutching her 2-month-old daughter, Zendaya. “They just took me, and, ‘Let’s go.'”