Power Problems in Long Valley Seen From Afar

Kentucky residents tells local news crews about family's experience after Sandy.

Justin Hedden lives in Kentucky with his wife and son, but knows all too well about the situation Long Valley is in.

Hedden's family still resides in town, and as of Friday morning was still in the dark. All Hedden wants to do, he said, was make it home in time to see his family for Thanksgiving. 

Hedden hasn't been able to spend many holidays with his family in recent years, as he spent time in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq as in Infantry Mortarman. 

Hedden was honorably discharged in January this year and is now attending Eastern Kentucky University. Along with coming home for Thanksgiving to see his family, he's also looking to help those devastated by the storm.

"Through my program at EKU I am working on setting up a food/donation drive with anyone who wishes to donate anything possible and will be bringing all that I can get with me to Long Valley for the weekend after Thanksgiving," Hedden said in an email to Long Valley Patch. "Just trying to help as much as I can."

Attached to this article are clips from Hedden speaking with local news crews in Kentucky. 

Donna Muccione November 09, 2012 at 06:45 PM
so proud if my son who wants to help all of us here in NJ. He contacted his local news in Lexington to try and keep the awareness going of the hardships that are still occurring here on the East coast after the hurricane. And yes, this will be our first Thanksgiving celebration with him since he joined the army when he was 18.
LVFam November 09, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Donna, you should be proud. Justin, thank you for thinking of us and for your service to our country. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday together. ... Still dark in LV.
Randy Grauerholz November 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Well done, Justin. You were able to vent the immense frustration of the residents of Long Valley. While we don't want to fault the actual linemen who are working around the clock to restore power, JCP&L needs a great deal of criticism for not providing honest and accurate information to the public.
Stephen Muccione November 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Good Job! Finally getting power back now! If only my house wasn't on the back end of the repair list.
Jennifer Simon November 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Bravo and thankyou justin!! I too respect the work the linemen are doing. But first energy should be force to give up its energy holdings in long valley. They've done a terrible job getting power restored and are horrible in the customer service department. I live on a main road ( schooleys mtn. Just up from the municipal building) and still don't have power. I think long valley is on the back end of the repair list.
denise November 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
So selfless and commendable..... Just what a soldiers thoughts are for his hometown people are very touching now, be proud Donna and family for a son well raised from good people , but seriously this power out isn't so tragic as it could have been compared to what a soldiers seen in Iraq or in any war.... To the sacrifices they make with their sleeping and eating and unknowing every day what exactly they'll face....this power out with trees on my house and no heat and hot water are tough because we are spoiled with modern conveniences our soldiers defend our country for us to keep , so stay in school and take the time you earned serving this country , we will be ok. Sandy is not going to break us as a community, we are way stronger in the core than that...although I do think there's a whole lot of room for improvement on how everything was handled , hein sight is 20/20 vision... We need a volunteer committee of first responders made of the mountain men and women who actually formed and maintain our town to voice and suggest a better plan...no paid suits need apply
Domino November 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Sad to see that Long Valley residents are suffering during one of the worst natural disasters ever while Mayor Ken Short runs off to Aruba days ago to enjoy a vacation in Aruba. His vice-mayor, Bill Roehrich, also left town to enjoy a few days off. Obviously, the leadership of Washington Towenahip doesn't give a crap about its residents. Good luck everyone. Don't bother calling the mayor; he could care less about you.
Domino November 11, 2012 at 04:05 AM
For those of you in Washington Township without power, who are cold and battling the elements, Mayor Ken Short has a message for you. "Hi. I'm in Aruba. I've got real problems. My golf game is suffering because of the winds here. Stop bothering me".
Janet Gannon November 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Justin, You are a very "Special" person. God bless you!
Tom Cooper November 13, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Forget the mayor and politics. You can and should solve that next election. This story is about the linemen. Bring them warm drinks and meals. Let them know that you really care and appreciate their work. Plenty of us have propane or can drive somewhere to get something warm.yes this is terrible but it really isn't a war zone.


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