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Foxtrot Company, New Jersey National Guard    
Introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez at New Jersey Chamber Congressional Dinner, Jan. 31    

Soldiers rescued a diabetic woman in severe shock, a pregnant woman who had gone into labor and needed to be carried down six flights of stairs.

When parts of Hudson and Bergen Counties were pummeled by the storm, the first rescuers on the scene included the New Jersey National Guard - and Staff Sergeant Katie Cataldo and Specialist Jesse de la Cruz, both of Foxtrot Company, were on the front lines.

Within minutes of arriving in flood-ravaged Hoboken, Foxtrot Company helped rescue a family with an infant caught in an apartment building filling with a dangerous mix of seawater, diesel fuel and sewage. Over the next 14 hours, Staff Sgt. Cataldo, Specialist de la Cruz and their fellow soldiers rescued a diabetic woman in severe shock, a pregnant woman who had gone into labor and needed to be carried down six flights of stairs in a chair, and an 86-year-old man trapped in his apartment.

By the end of the week, Foxtrot Company helped rescue more than 900 Hoboken residents. They also were instrumental in helping rescue and aid over 2,000 residents in the Moonachie and Little Ferry area. For more than a week they went door-to-door, bringing food, clothing and blankets to those who needed them.

 


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