One Sandy disaster after another for Staten Island family

December 1, 2012 8:56:41 PM PST
It has been one storm-related disaster after another for Anthony Marotto of Staten Island. During Hurricane Sandy, as well as after the storm, the 9/11 First Responder spent days rescuing, helping and supporting his neighbors, even though his home in New Dorp was ruined.

With the help of friends and FEMA, he finally managed to rebuild his home, Then, things went from bad to worse.

Anthony Marotto may not actually believe the saying "no good deed shall go unpunished, but it is easy to understand why he says it.

The night of Superstorm Sandy, Marotto used a rope to rescue his neighbors and save their lives as the storm surge ruined the first floor of his home. The donated wood he received to burn and keep warm he gave to his neighbors - and guess what happens - their house catches fire.

Guess who springs into action.

"He is the first one out the door, kicking that door in to make sure the neighbor is safe," said friend Danny Mullen.

Mullen says the neighbor was fine, but Marotta, in the search for people, suffers burns to his back, hands and eye.

Spring forward to this week - with the help of friends and contractors, Marotto's home is nearly rebuilt. So what does he do? As he is in the hospital getting treatment for his injuries, he invites people into his home to keep warm.

A fire then breaks out and his home burns down.

On Saturday morning, delayed FEMA paperwork forced Marotto and his family out of their Staten Island home.

They are currently in an apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

"People keep telling me I'm a hero, but I'm just an everyday guy," says Marotto.

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