HOBOKEN, N.J. -- After Hurricane Sandy tore through New Jersey and flooded a swath of Hoboken, 82-year-old Apolinar "Apollo" Ramirez, didn't want to leave his unit to stay in a shelter with strangers.
Then his building's backup generators began to teeter toward failure--and just in time, Ramirez's son came to the rescue.
With power gone, Angel Ramirez, 62, could not reach his father. He went searching for him at shelters in two Hoboken churches. Finally, the younger Ramirez hopped on a truck with New Jersey National Guardsmen, who drove through waist-high water to his father's building.
There, he found his father and about a dozen other residents, whose emergency power was sputtering.
It took some wrangling, but Ramirez finally persuaded his father to board the truck and get to Saints Peter & Paul Church, where 32 storm refugees sought shelter. Upstairs in the sanctuary, dozens of energy-hungry people clustered around power strips, charging their computers and cellphones.
Ramirez said that although his father he was still agitated Thursday, he's relieved he got the older man into the church. Taking his father to his powerless apartment wasn't an option.