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Elderly mother carried down 4 flights

Updated 8:53 pm, Saturday, November 10, 2012
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The very young and the very old are the ones always most at risk when a natural disaster strikes.

Leslie Siegel-Darnell of Danbury offered this tale of concern displayed by people she encountered during the storm.

"First of all, when we couldn't find a local motel, we had to rent two rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. When their generator failed, stranding my 98-year-old mother on the top floor, the night staff was outstanding.

"They called the fire department to carry her down four flights of stairs. While one member of the hotel staff helped us bring all our belongings down to the first floor, another employee stayed with my mom until we were settled.

"Meanwhile, back home in Danbury, our electrician, John Masi, fixed every new problem we encountered (and there were many, such as a broken panel and downed wires) and executed his work with tender loving care.

"Our wonderful neighbors picked up our mail and newspapers and checked on our dark, cold, empty house throughout this ordeal.

"Finally, an unknown samaritan at CL&P who knew we were at our wits' end coping with the multiple needs of a nonagenarian in a strange environment, restored our service a few days before it was scheduled."