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Neighbors shovel path for man who needs dialysis

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-21 18:17:52-05

Sixty-seven year old Jim Nugent was one of thousands of Hamburg residents who were snowed in during the November storm, but Nugent is a dialysis patient and needed to get to treatment.

"I did not know what to do," said Nugent

Nugent's street was covered in feet of snow. After missing four treatments, his body started to weaken. Nugent's neighbors became worried and concerned.

"We were all worried about him," said Sandy Duffy. "We knew he had this problem and needed to get to his treatment. We had to do something, so my husband just started shoveling."

Duffy's husband, along with neighbors on all sides of the street, started shoveling, and did not stop until there was a clear path for Nugent to get out.

"I started walking, through the shoveled paths with neighbors in front and back of me," said Nugent. "Finally, I made it to the end of the street, and sheriff's deputies transported me to Southtowns Dialysis Center."

Nugent says he can't thank his neighbors enough. It's a true story of camaraderie and friendship. Nugent says he's forever grateful.

"It was great," said Nugent. "Every person from every house came down and helped shovel. I actually broke down and cried because I saw so many people shoveling and helping, and it was all for me because I had to get to treatment."