HEMPSTEAD, NY (WCBS 880) – For most of us trying to dig out, it’s a nuisance. But, for others in the town of Hempstead on Long Island, it’s a matter of life and death.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with Town Supervisor Kate Murray

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Town Supervisor Kate Murray told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that they received an emergency call around 4 a.m. from a Levittown man who needed to go to the hospital for a dialysis treatment.

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“Not only, of course, was there plenty of snow blocking his driveway, but a neighbor had actually parked in front of his driveway as well,” Murray said. “So, we ran, got the neighbor and then we used not only a backhoe but plows as well.”

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Murray says the man was able to make his appointment, but then three hours later, a woman from Merrick called to say she needed help because she was in labor.

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“We went to the woman’s home in Merrick. We were able to get her out,” said Murray.