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5:54 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - First responders helping first responders.

Firefighters and rescue personnel in New Jersey suffered devastating losses while out helping others during super storm Sandy. So their colleagues here in Maine are pitching in to help out. A load of supplies left Maine for New Jersey today.

For one organizer here in Maine the news from New Jersey hit very close to home. North Berwick rescue Chief Mike Barker grew up in Freehold, New Jersey and spent many summers working and playing at the shore.

"It doesn't look the same. It's unrecognizable the things that you see on TV and people sending pictures. It's overwhelming", he said.

Businesses and homes ripped apart. Mud and sand everywhere. First responders returned home after helping victims of Sandy only to find that they now need help. That's what this is all about.

Earlier this week local responders put out the call for donations and Mainers responded.

From cleaning supplies, to toiletries, to clothes and money, the items came rolling in from large businesses to individuals.

"Today we received a call from Poland Spring, they donated several pallets of water to us. We had a gentleman from Millinockett call and put a request into the Sanford Loews and personally bought a generator in the Arundel Fire Department's name", said Arundel Firefighter Jason Nedeau.

The first load on a trailer left from the North Berwick rescue station this afternoon headed for the Freehold Township Fire Company. A truck in Arundel will be packed up over the next several days before leaving next week.

(NEWS CENTER) - First responders helping first responders. Firefighters and rescue personnel in New Jersey suffered devastating losses while out helping others during super storm Sandy. So their colleagues here in Maine are pitching in to help out. A load of supplies left Maine for New Jersey today. For one organizer here in Maine the news from New Jersey hit very close to home. North Berwick rescue Chief Mike Barker grew up in Freehold, New Jersey and spent many summers working and playing at the shore. "It doesn't look the same. It's unrecognizable the things that you see on TV and people sending pictures. It's overwhelming", he said. Businesses and homes ripped apart. Mud and sand everywhere. First responders returned home after helping victims of Sandy only to find that they now need help. That's what this is all about. Earlier this week local responders put out the call for donations and Mainers responded. From cleaning supplies, to toiletries, to clothes and money, the items came rolling in from large businesses to individuals. "Today we received a call from Poland Spring, they donated several pallets of water to us. We had a gentleman from Millinockett call and put a request into the Sanford Loews and personally bought a generator in the Arundel Fire Department's name", said Arundel Firefighter Jason Nedeau. The first load on a trailer left from the North Berwick rescue station this afternoon headed for the Freehold Township Fire Company. A truck in Arundel will be packed up over the next several days before leaving next week.

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