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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014
In November 2012, a group of judicial marshals worked together to collect relief supplies and deliver them to communities in New York devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
Marshal Ryan Labieniec, hoped to gather some supplies to deliver in his pickup truck but soon realized he could do more if he had the capacity. He approached O'Donovan Murphy, director of judicial services, who immediately agreed to Labieniec's proposal to use a larger prisoner transport vehicle to move supplies.
Labieniec then approached his staff and colleagues across the state. Marshals Jon Bullock, Holly Cruz and Karen Dobson quickly joined the effort, as did Chief Larry Callahan, who facilitated a collection at the marshals' lockup facility in Hartford.
Collections quickly grew. The team got discounted prices from area businesses to purchase additional supplies with donated funds. By November 10, the team was ready to deliver the items to a community in need. The team, now including Marshals Dan Gannon and Sylveri Gonzalez, started in Willimantic with a convoy of three trucks, stopping in Hartford and New Haven to gather more donations and made their way to New York.
Arriving in Breezy Point in New York, the marshals worked with the NYPD 100th precinct to reach two schools serving as distribution points. The items were distributed immediately to families in need.
Labieniec said the final 15-hour day was exhausting, but "well worth the effort," a sentiment echoed by many of his colleagues. Labieniec praised his team for their professionalism, compassion and calm in a hectic disaster scene. He noted the Marshals shared their meals with the students helping to unload trucks. The group agrees they were honored to help and would readily do the same thing again if needed.