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Duxbury High wrestlers assist fire department digging out hydrants

Posted by boston.com  January 6, 2014 12:25 PM

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Courtesy of Captain Rob Reardon/Duxbury Fire Department

Duxbury High School wrestling team members (from left, Declin Dolloff, Team Captain Jim Chappuis, Kyle Auer and Patrick Quilty) help the fire department clear out fire hydrants.

After their town endured heavy snowfall and coastal flooding due from a a major snowstorm last week, eight members of the Duxbury High School wrestling team pitched in to help the fire department dig out about 50 hydrants covered in snow.

"The captain of the wrestling team came in to the department and asked if we needed help shoveling," said fire Captain Rob Reardon. "We are not going to turn away of some help. When we’re going call to call, with five firefighters on duty, it’s tough to do the fire hydrants sometimes. They [the wrestlers] did a great job.”

The National Guard also had to rescue 10 Duxbury residents from their homes after flooding by the storm.

Reardon said that after last week's storm, firefighters went out to start clearing the hydrants on the main roads and then the side streets.

"However, the day started off early with a car fire and two fire alarms and then progressed throughout the day to a carbon monoxide scare and ended with a gas leak that kept us pretty occupied," he said. "They [the wrestlers] did a couple hours of work and we covered some major territory."

He said he had them work in two teams, four on each, and kept someone with them at all times for safety.

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Courtesy of Captain Rob Reardon/Duxbury Fire Department

"I can't thank them enough," Reardon said. "It's great and we are very appreciative of what they did. Some of those hydrants were deep and some were plowed in. They saved us so much time."

Temperatures made it into the 50s Monday, according to the National Weather Service. But temperatures are expected to retreat into the teens Tuesday and with the potential for dangerously icy conditions.

There are almost 1,000 fire hydrants in Duxbury, Reardon said, and though residents are encouraged to clear the ones near their homes, firefighters usually dedicate some time to help clear them.

"By them volunteering, they helped raise awareness to remind people to take care of their hydrants," he said. "It's amazing what they did."

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Courtesy of Captain Rob Reardon/Duxbury Fire Department

Members of the high school wrestling team (from left, Declan Dolloff, Jim Chappuis (Captain), Eddie Cawley, Kyle Auer, and Patrick Quilty) helped firefighters by digging out about 50 hydrants.

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