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Remembering the victims of Sandy


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- More than 70 people are confirmed dead after Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast and we remember the victims killed in the storm.

Twenty-four-year-old, Jessie Streich-Kest and her close friend, Jacob Vogelman, were out for a quick walk in a Brooklyn park Monday night. They were walking Jessie's dog, Max. According to neighbors, a large tree suddenly was uprooted by the force of the storm and pinned them both beneath its weight.

Their bodies were discovered early Wednesday morning. Jessie was the daughter of Jon Kest, the executive director of a New York City Advocacy Group. Jessie will be remembered as an amazing young woman. Her dog, Max, was hurt but will survive.

Lauren Abraham was a make-up artist. She lived in Queens, New York in the neighborhood of Richmond Hill. The storm brought down a power line and the power line started to spark. According to police, Lauren somehow touched the power line. The streets were filled with rain and water.

Rescuers were not able to reach her for half an hour.

In Staten Island, New York, an off-duty police officer began taking his family to safety from inside his home.

Twenty-eight-year-old Arthur Kasperschock faced flood waters racing into his home. According to police, he had taken seven people, including his 15-month old, from the attic to safety and was going back in to check the basement. He never came out. His body was found 12 hours later.

Rescuers in New York City continue to search on Thursday for two young boys who were swept from their mother's arms by floodwaters. Police say the boys are two and four years old. They disappeared Monday night when waves of water crashed into their SUV.

As we remember the victims, we also remember the survivors. There were hundreds of rescue stories throughout the storm that led to happier endings.

President Obama toured the storm damage in New Jersey on Wednesday. President Obama's message was "you will not be forgotten."


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