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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

The love keeps pouring into the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

The organization, devastated by Hurricane Sandy, has been the recipient of donated fire trucks from all over the country, as far away as Mississippi.

Now, the department has received an ambulance from the volunteer fire department in East Farmingdale, LI.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” said Mitch Udowitch, a former captain and current treasurer of the WHBVFD. “We feel very blessed.”

Udowitch said the ambulance replaces one that had been loaned to them by Long Island Jewish Medical Center for six months. It should be operational in a week.

The fire department lost all of its equipment and all but one of its vehicles in Sandy, but was operating during the storm. Volunteers from the department saved two Hamilton Beach women whose home flooded that night.

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