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Hometown: Brick    
Gov. Chris Christie's State of the State address, January 8    

Tracey Keelen and Jay Gehweiler watched as the flood waters consumed their town. Concerned about Jay's father, they tried to reach him and could not. Not content to wait, they put on their wet suits, got in their row boat and rescued Jay's dad.

In the process, they saw dozens of others stranded in their homes. They turned back around and, one by one, saved over 50 of Jay's father's neighbors along with their pets.

Then, for those they rescued who had no place to go, they housed them as well. They admitted they did not know these neighbors that well before the storm, but they didn't care—they put extending a helping hand in a crisis ahead of social comfort. Thank you to Tracey and Jay for saving lives and making a difference.

 


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