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Brittany ComakSep 10, 2017, 8:39 am

Westhampton National Guard heads to St. Maarten for Hurricane Rescue

The 106th Air National Guard has moved on from Texas to begin helping victims of Hurricane Irma

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In addition to helping save some stranded in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, the 106th Rescue Wing out of Westhampton Beach has now helped save thousands of people trying to escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma.

Over 120 volunteers from the Long Island location traveled to areas hit hardest by Harvey, rescuing more than 500 people.

"These guys are literally living this very renegade life down here, working sun up to sun down and beyond,” says Captain Michael O’Hagan. “And then finding an abandoned house, crash and sleep on the floor to get some shut eye, and get right back at it the next day."

Now that Irma is bearing down on Florida, leaving a path of destruction in the Caribbean Islands, the rescue wing says its volunteers have moved on to rescuing people from St. Maarten, airlifting them to safety in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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