According to multiple reports, nurse and Secaucus resident Menchu DeLana Sanchez will attend tonight’s State of the Union address as a guest of President Barack Obama for her deeds during Hurricane Sandy.
Sanchez, who born in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 1980 on a work visa, will be sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during the president’s speech.
The honor is well-deserved for Sanchez, whose heroics were detailed by NorthJersey.com:
After surging water from the storm took out the electrical supply and backup generators at New York University Langone Medical Center, Sanchez organized the neonatal intensive care nurses and doctors to carefully carry 20 critically ill babies down nine flights of stairs with only cellphones to light the way. As she and six other nurses worked to make sure the newborns made it safely to other hospitals, floodwaters were inundating her own home, destroying four rooms on the first floor.
Sanchez was also effected by the storm personally as the first floor of her Secaucus remain uninhabitable. Hopefully the reception she receives make her realize the sacrifice is appreciated.
NorthJersey.com: Nurse from Secaucus will get hero’s welcome at State of the Union