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    Posted November 8, 2012 by
    Spring Lake / Wall, New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather

    Nor'easter brings down tree


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Just a few days after LauraLTurner and her family had cleared their property of a fallen tree from Sandy, the nor’easter knocked a larger tree down across their driveway. She spoke with a firefighter today and asked if the city could help clear the tree. Twenty minutes later, help came, but from a different source.

    'We were sitting at the table, trying to think of a game plan to get rid of this tree. We heard a chainsaw and looked outside and saw this army of people,' she said. 'I saw a woman and asked where she was from, and she said Idaho. I almost started crying. They had the tree chopped into fire wood, took the branches that were threatening our driveway, and cleared the debris from the other tree.'

    The workers were members of the National Forestry Service who had come to help after the storms. 'I was just so touched,' said LauraLTurner, who lives in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Just a few days after my son and a neighbor cleared our driveway of a fallen tree brought down by Hurricane Sandy, the snow took down one even bigger at the end of our drive, leaving us trapped again. I called the town to let them know that the tree was also blocking our cul-de-sac, and a fireman who came by to inspect said he would do his best to get us some help. In truth, I wasn't too hopeful - we are among so many here in Wall that need help. But 20 minutes later, I heard a chainsaw and looked outside to see about 25 men and women getting ready to tackle our tree. In speaking to one of them, Stacy, I learned they were from Idaho, members of the National Forestry Service. They set to work and had that massive tree, as well as debris from the first tree, cut and ready to haul away. My son and I spent some time talking with them, thanking them profusely, asking what we could do in return. They insisted they were happy to help and thankful they could. They were just the nicest people, so friendly and kind. I wanted to cry. But more than anything I, my husband and my family want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

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