Stories of heroism have started to emerge in the wake of superstorm Sandy, which left a trail of devastation and more than 43 people dead after it tore across the US east coast.
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Among the heroes were nurses from New York University's Langone Medical Centre who had to "breathe" manually for babies while carrying them down nine flights of stairs during a tense evacuation yesterday.
Nurses had to carry out the tricky procedure for at least four of 20 babies in the neonatal intensive care unit after flooding cut power to the hospital - where respirators do not have backup batteries.
The nurses breathed for the babies by squeezing a bag to drive oxygen into their lungs.
Dr Andrew Brotman described the rescue to CNN as "labour-intensive" and "extremely difficult".
Medical staff evacuated 260 patients from the hospital using only torches to light the way.
p>Another person being dubbed a hero is New Jersey Governor Cory Brooker who took to the streets with a team of people to ensure the city's homeless were able to find shelter at an emergency base.
"Back by Penn Station trying 2 convince remaining homeless Newarkers 2 come with me 2 shelter. They said no before but now seem more amenable," Mr Brooker tweeted.
"Just left. We were able 2 convince & transport 32 homeless brothers & sisters 2 shelter RT @bakerb13 many homeless by penn station."
The US Coast Guard has also been commended after rescuing 14 crew members from a replica tall ship that sank in wild seas stirred up by Sandy off the coast of North Carolina.
When the first rescue helicopter arrived all that was visible of the HMS Bounty was a strobe light atop the vessel's submerged masts, according to the Huffington Post.
A coast guard swimmer plunged into the churning seas to help guide 14 people from lifeboats and into basket-like devices so they could be hoisted to safety.
One person died and the Coast Guard is still searching for the captain who remains missing.
Meanwhile, a good Samaritan cab driver was kept busy "ferrying refugees all over the place" in New York City.
The driver, who has not been identified, reportedly picked up a number of people at an apartment block which had to be evacuated after a crane toppled over in high winds and was left dangling precariously over the building.
Another driver who decided to use his vehicle to help stranded citizens was a garbage truck driver in New Jersey.
Sisters Lori Turner and Sharon Cardia told of the anonymous driver rescuing them from their flooded house, while most other residents were picked up by the National Guard.
But people were not the only focus of rescuers.
One unnamed man was filmed saving a terrified deer that had been swept out to sea in strong surf at a beach in New Jersey.
The man was seen chasing the deer before finally dragging it to safety.
Local TV station KXAN reported the animal had been picked up by wildlife rescuers and suffered a broken leg but was expected to recover.
A similar story emerged of a New York man walking nearly two kilometres to save a newborn litter of kittens.
Spencer Service told Windsor Terrace-Kensington Patch he caught the kittens and their mother and put them in a cat carrier after spotting them outside his house as the storm approached.
He then carried the animals to a rescue centre where a volunteer is caring for them until they can be adopted.