Nick Dupree says he’ll never be able to thank everyone enough for the community effort that got him through five days without power.
Manhattan resident and vent user Nick Dupree and his partner Alejandra Ospina, who also uses a wheelchair, were trapped on the 12th floor of their apartment building when the storm knocked out power. Lacking life-sustaining electricity, they posted a plea for help on Facebook. A small army of friends and strangers across the country quickly pulled together to lend advice, money and support.
Dupree and Ospina survived Hurricane Irene last year without damage or loss of power, but they stocked up on water and basic necessities for Sandy. They also knew the firehouse acros