Trinity Episcopal Church recently presented the Southport Fire Department with a plaque recognizing the station's firefighters for saving the church from the flood waters of recent Superstorm Sandy.

After the storm had passed, the volunteer firefighters pumped out many thousands of gallons of water from the lower levels of the church and shut down its electrical and HVAC systems, according to a release.

A presentation ceremony was attended by Jon Leone, station president; John Morgan, the church's senior warden; Chris Luciani, the station's chief; and the Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, the church's rector. Firefighters Ralph Arnone, Michael Bihary, Eric Pironto, Todd Roberts, Michael Romsky and Dan Torska were also in attendance.

The church, celebrating its 150th anniversary, has launched a capital campaign to restore and expand its facilities after receiving about $1 million in damages in the storm, the release states.