Newsweek November 12, 2012

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profiles in courage

“DON’T CALL ME A HERO.” That short sentence—firm, self-effacing, nonnegotiable—ties together all the heroic men and women celebrated in this issue of Newsweek. If there is one factor that unites the American heroes we spotlight here—as well as at our companion summit at the Institute of Peace in Washington on Nov. 14 and 15—it is their adamant refusal to be portrayed as special. HEROISM KNOWS no particular context. A civilian on the street comes to a fellow citizen’s defense in the event of a crime; a schoolgirl rushes to the aid of another in the face of schoolyard bullies; cops and firefighters act in the course of their daily duty. Courage can and should be quotidian. But it is often seen in its most impressive form in times of civic peril…

diving into the deep

U.S. COAST Guard rescue swimmer Randy Haba didn’t know it yet, but he was about to become the first of the first responders. When Haba fell asleep on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Elizabeth, N.C., air station, Hurricane Sandy was still hundreds of miles out to sea. Landfall was still 24 hours away. And the storm wasn’t expected to make its savage westward turn until at least Maryland or Delaware. But then, around 3 a.m. Monday, an alarm sounded on base. A metallic voice crackled over the speaker: there is a boat off the coast that’s taking on water, it said, and there are 16 people on board. The HMS Bounty, a replica 18thcentury merchant vessel, had tried, for some reason, to sail around Sandy. The plan had failed. Now the waterlogged…

trapped in the towers

THE REAL test of the army of caregivers for tens of thousands of seniors trapped at home when Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast began the day after the storm ended. Eloise Goldberg, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York supervisor for the Bronx and half of Long Island, stepped out of her home about 50 miles east of New York City on Tuesday morning, jumped into her car (her husband’s was crushed beneath an oak tree), and began to figure out how to get 11,000 home health aides and 3,500 clinicians to their patients. “We had been preparing our field staff for several days so they would have cellphone connections with their patients, but now we were up against massive flooding and blackouts and fires.” On the Rockaway peninsula in…

why the internet worked

WHILE MOST of lower Manhattan was without power, one key building remained lighted: 60 Hudson Street, one of the most important Internet hubs worldwide. Even during the worst of the storm, the building kept the country connected through an array of well-maintained generators. If you’ve ever sent an email, your data has probably traveled through a fiber-optic cable here. Built around 1929, the building served as the hub for Western Union’s telegraph network and is now known as one of the fastest connections between world financial centers; it maintains Internet connectivity for entire regions of the country. Property manager Shaun Mooney, former Marine and volunteer firefighter, describes this job as “Mission Critical”—“the lights have to stay on no matter what.” Preparation for Sandy started the week before the storm, with staff meetings…

‘hold the baby close’

IT WAS any NICU nurse’s nightmare. A hurricane, a flooded basement, a failed generator: then, terrifyingly, 19 critically ill infants in a hospital without power. In one humbling image of the evacuation at New York University’s Langone Medical Center—now ubiquitous—a team of medical professionals rushes a yellow stretcher with a nurse and small baby into an ambulance. Amid the unimaginable panic surrounding her, Margot Condon— holding him—is a picture of calm. “Peaceful.” That is how Condon, a 36-year veteran of the neonatal intensive-care unit at NYU, remembers feeling. As Hurricane Sandy barreled into New York City, sending gallons of water into the basement of Langone, the generators failed and with it, the power. As news of an impending evacuation spread, Condon and her team of nurses in the NICU banded together. “We…