Since then, she has been staying with a colleague, while quietly stewing over suddenly finding herself on the wrong end of the kind of emergency scenario cops and firefighters deal with at work all the time.
"It drives me crazy to be the victim," she said.
Richter is also a longtime Breezy Point resident. He returned to the neighborhood the next morning to find his beachfront home, which he had finished reconstructing only a year ago, an unsalvageable, half-flattened mess.
His father's house, a short walk away, also suffered severe flood damage but stayed on its foundation.
"He dug that foundation himself — 2,142 wheelbarrows of sand," Richter said.
The five unions that represent NYPD officers and commanders have set up a charity, the New York Police Disaster Relief Fund, to get aid to the hardest-hit members of the department.
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