Superstorm Sandy volunteer helps honor local heroes

By Jillian Marshall

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The American Red Cross brings what they describe as a real hero to town to help thank local resident who performed heroic acts during the past year.

Local residents will be honored at the American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast Thursday morning.

The guest speaker is Jay Price, a volunteer firefighter from New Jersey.

Price lead his team to rescue nearly 80 people from their flooded homes the night of the storm.

"It all seems like one long night and one long day to me. The one thing I do remember, though, is that there was not a shortage of help. Whether it was from firefighters, police, EMS or regular citizens coming out," Price said.

The teacher and football coach says his home wasn't hit, but the whole community felt the effects of the disaster.

"I remember the morning after the storm, I came home to get some clean clothes, and outside my door was one of my players who had a garbage bag full of clothes, which was all he could take from his home. He was actually going to stay at my neighbor's house with his family of five for the better part of two weeks," Price said.

The Real Heroes Breakfast takes place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Arena.

People will be honored in 11 categories from fire and animal rescue to good neighbor to good Samaritan.