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East Haven Police Assist Snowed In 90-Year Old Resident

East Haven officers shoveled out the home of the elderly woman, who had missed out on a Meals on Wheels and fuel oil delivery because of all the snow the recent snow.

Officer Colbert, Sgt. Rybaruk, Sgt Murgo, and Sgt. Mulhern worked together to shovel out a snow-bound elderly woman's East Haven home. Credit: EHPD
Officer Colbert, Sgt. Rybaruk, Sgt Murgo, and Sgt. Mulhern worked together to shovel out a snow-bound elderly woman's East Haven home. Credit: EHPD
A group of East Haven Police officers rolled up their sleeves, grabbed some shovels and helped to dig out a 90-year-old senior citizen Wednesday snowed in her home following the recent snow storms. 

According to a post shared on the department's Facebook page, the elderly woman called the station yesterday "crying and complaining that she missed an oil delivery and a Meals on Wheels delivery because she was snowed in and had no way of getting out."

"She advised us that her oil company and Meals on Wheels would not deliver their products to her if they were unable to get to her house," officers stated via the page. 

And so, after their shifts where over, Officer Colbert, Sgt. Rybaruk, Sgt Murgo, and Sgt. Mulhern all went to the elderly woman's East Haven home.

Once there, they shoveled her driveway, walkway and steps to make sure she would not miss out on another delivery of much-needed food or fuel.

"She was thrilled," the officers shared on the department's page, giving special thanks to Steve Monaco who saw the officers struggling to shovel out the long driveway and helped the group out out.

A reader shared with East Haven Patch that the woman's family and neighbors usually help to clear her home of snow. But following Tuesday's storm, they were at work and unavailable to clear the driveway to allow for the emergency delivery of oil.

"Teamwork like this is why we love our job," the East Haven officers said of their shoveling efforts.
On the Beat February 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Props to the cops...
Mike Liso February 20, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Those Officers should be praised for what they did. It's nice to see some positive remarks about OUR police department. Too much negativity has been focused.
Jeff Treusch February 20, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Nice Work.! Thats what brings comunity together.
Lance Coughlin February 20, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Nice work
Lori Marcucci February 21, 2014 at 08:14 AM
What a super nice gesture. Hats off to these officers they should be praised for their help. Awesome!
Flowers February 21, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I applaud their good works. However, if this was done while on duty or for the Mayor it would be the start of a scandal.
Lou February 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Flowers, shut the hell up, the article clearly states "after their shifts where over."
Sally Hopkins February 21, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Too bad the New Haven Register does'nt run a story such as this that is positive about East Haven. God bless to our community for pitching in and helping out. Because that is what we do for each other....that's never reported.
Bob Fawkes February 21, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Too bad the woman doesn't have any family that gives a damn about her well-being.
CAjones February 21, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Worse than that, it was Josey Wales in a wig..... Just too lazy to shovel ......
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM
@Bob Fawkes: Hey Bob. The elderly woman does have family and neighbors who care for her. But she needed that oil ASAP, and no one at that time was able to clear her drive of snow to let them in. Just an FYI.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM
P.S. It also does state that in the article, too. Pays to read until the end. ;0)
Peter T. Cianelli February 22, 2014 at 06:14 PM
What a great story..... nice reporting Julie ..... your the best :-)
Betsy Boynton March 02, 2014 at 04:08 PM
It is so nice to hear the compassion our Policemen has for that elderly lady that was snowed in!!!!!!That was really good of them to take the time and effort to help her!!!!!!

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