Maureen Stark

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Sandy Victim’s Home Repaired 6 Years Later Thanks To LI Police Officer

November 08, 2018 - 1:36 pm

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A Suffolk County woman has a new kitchen six years after Superstorm Sandy thanks to the kindness of one police officer.

“I pretty much lost everything I own,” said Maureen Stark of Lindenhurst.

She told WCBS 880 that she lost so many of her belongings because of the 2012 Superstorm and felt lost without insurance.

“I slept on the floor upstairs for a two and a half years and that was my home,” Stark said.

Though, she says not long after the storm hit there was an angel, and his two boys, ages 10 and 18, who came to her aide.

“Never will I forget them, you know, at all. I mean my heart is full of so much love for all of them,” Stark said.

Suffolk County police officer Alejandro Sanchez and his sons helped Stark empty her kitchen and all the items destroyed by flooding.

“For her to recognize me six years later, it’s just like I said: it’s overwhelming,” Sanchez told WCBS 880 of Stark.

Staff from the county’s Consumer Affairs Department got together this years to raise money, with the help of United Way, to give Stark a new kitchen.

Stark, who now has a brand new kitchen inside her home, says she owes her gratitude to Sanchez and his boys: “They walked in to my life is strangers and they are my friends.”