Nobody told Peter Hemans to spend the night at Hackensack Middle School last week, as terrible storms arrived in New Jersey. But Hemans did it anyway — and he’s now being praised for helping the school avoid the flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida’s remnants.
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Peter Hemans spent the night at New Jersey’s Hackensack Middle School, where he is the head custodian, to make sure emergency sump pumps were working properly.
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The storm hit less than a week before classes were to begin at the school in Bergen County. But because of Hemans, what could have been a stressful aftermath instead turned into relief.
«We are ready for our scholars because of his amazing dedication,» Hackensack Middle School said on its Facebook page, as it called Hemans a hero.
Hackensack’s students started classes on Tuesday — a sight that Hemans says he was glad to see.
«When you see them, especially in the cafeteria, it’s a joy seeing them eating and playing,» he said. «They’re very happy to be back to school rather than being at home.»
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