NYC firefighter to train Haitians in disaster response

A New York City firefighter from Valley Stream is heading to Haiti to train residents there in emergency response.

Lt. William Croak says he had flashbacks of responding to the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 attacks while watching footage of the devastation in Haiti caused by the earthquake. Croak is one of a dozen New Yorkers who will train 400 Haitians in Port-au-Prince.

Croak says his team will teach the residents basic skills to allow them to function until emergency crews can catch up with disaster relief.

Croak's group leaves June 5. He will spend two weeks in Haiti.

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