LIers among Haiti rescuers honored in NYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored a joint police and fire rescue team Monday that traveled to Haiti to help with relief efforts.

In a tribute at City Hall, Bloomberg and city commissioners thanked the officers and firefighters for their "selfless and heroic service" in Haiti.

Members of the rescue team, which also participated in recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, received certificates saying that they represent "the very best" of the city's "spirit of compassion and community."

Chief Joe Downey, of West Islip, is one of the leaders of the team. Downey says he'll never forget the amazing feeling of pulling an 8-year-old boy from the rubble.

AP wire services were used in this report.

For interviews with the Long Islanders who went to Haiti, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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