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Long Beacher Worked for National Grid Throughout Own Personal Tragedy

Some of the customers that lost more than just power during Hurricane Sandy were also National Grid employees. Despite their personal losses, many felt compelled to report for their storm assignments and be a part of the restoration process. That's exactly what Kathleen Murray did.

Kathleen Murray is a National Grid employee and a 41-year Long Beach resident. It was while she was performing her storm assignment in National Grid’s Emergency Operation Center that she found out that her home was taking on water.

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After finishing her 16-hour day, Kathleen returned home not knowing what to expect. She found her front yard covered in sand and pieces of the boardwalk strewn all over the place. Her home had taken on water as high as 5 feet as evidenced by the watermarks left on the walls, and as a result the home was destroyed.

“I had to try and put it in the back of my mind and use my work as a distraction because we were all so busy and focused on restoring service for our customers,” said Murray. “I know I’m lucky because it’s just stuff. I’m healthy and I’m safe so I am extremely grateful for that. My focus now is on the future and the holidays in a new home.”

WATCH: YouTube video of Kathleen Murray's interview.

The real bear November 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Very sad. She has a great attitude. Cuomo should be ashamed of himself
wikyjalo November 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The big shots being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars aren't working as hard as those like Kathleen. These are the true heroes no one pats on the back. Great story and great job- thanks for your dedication.
Eddie November 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thank you for your service, Kathleen.
mosco November 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Oh please. Gimme a break.

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