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Joint FDNY-NYPD Efforts End In Rescue of Two Children in Haiti

Joint FDNY-NYPD Efforts End In Rescue of Two Children in Haiti

A Spanish rescuer carries 2-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude after he was rescued from a collapsed home in the aftermath of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 21, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – A New York rescue squad pulled two miracles from the rubble of Haiti on Tuesday night.

One week after the devastating earthquake threw Haiti into chaos, a joint NYPD-FDNY rescue team dragged two children alive from the debris of a two-story building in Port-au-Prince, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, believed to be brother and sister, were rescued about 9:15 p.m. and reunited with their parents, who had escaped the initial collapse, Browne said.

They received treatment at an Israeli tent hospital.

“They were extremely dehydrated,” Browne said.

FDNY spokesman Jim Long said rescue crew members were returning from a patrol when people flagged them down and told them of children in the collapsed building.

The rescuers started the search about 5 p.m. and used a pole camera to find the children in the building at Martin Luther King Blvd. and Rue Archiles, Browne said.

The 76-member team, which has been in Haiti since Saturday, had earlier recovered the bodies of three children, thought to be siblings of the latest two, from the same collapsed building.

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