TravelGuides – The last words Neil Filipowicz heard from his nephew were ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’ . . . then hours later he was pulling their bodies out of the basement locked arm in arm after Sandy snatched them away

TravelGuides – The last words Neil Filipowicz heard from his nephew were ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’ . . . then hours later he was pulling their bodies out of the basement locked arm in arm after Sandy snatched them away

At the top of Sandy the last words Joseph Filipowicz heard from his twin brother were ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’… hours later their bodies were pulled out of the basement

  • Father and son were coated in 12ft of water inside seconds of Sandy’s strike
  • Family describe horrific second they found their bodies in the darkish basement
  • Son refused to depart his dad’s facet regardless of being warned to evacuate
  • Deaths in Staten Island now as much as 19 after the superstorm
  • Brother of the father was a fireman throughout 9/11 however mentioned ‘nothing compares’ to this household loss

A son was discovered drowned in his father’s arms in the freezing waters of Superstorm Sandy after he had advised family: ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’.

John Filipowicz, 51, and his son John, 20, were discovered nonetheless holding onto one another in their basement as they shielded themselves from the torrent which coated them in 12ft of water in seconds.

Relatives mentioned that the two had an ‘unbelievable bond’ and would by no means have been separated – in life or in dying.

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Family tragedy: John Filipowicz Sr. and his son, John Filipowicz Jr. (right) were found buried under debris in the basement of their home

Family tragedy: John Filipowicz Sr. and his son, John Filipowicz Jr. (proper) were discovered buried underneath particles in the basement of their house

Tribute left outside the home in Staten Island, New York of John K Filipowicz and son John C Filipowicz who drowned in the basement during a flood caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Tribute left outdoors the house in Staten Island, New York of John Okay Filipowicz and son John C Filipowicz who drowned in the basement throughout a flood attributable to Superstorm Sandy.

The basement of the house where  father and sonwere drowned when the storm hit

The basement of the home the place father and sonwere drowned when the storm hit

Brother and uncle Neil Filipowicz standing outside the home in Staten Island

Brother and uncle Neil Filipowicz standing outdoors the house in Staten Island

Neil Filipowicz said the watermark was at least ten feet high

Neil Filipowicz mentioned the watermark was a minimum of ten ft excessive

'He was my rock': Christine Filipowicz hugs a friend outside her home

‘He was my rock’: Christine Filipowicz hugs a pal outdoors her house

John the elder stayed behind to observe over his home in Staten Island, New York, however his son refused to depart as a result of he wished to be by his facet.

The dying implies that John the elder’s spouse Christine has misplaced her husband, and her different two youngsters Joseph, a twin of John junior, and Cali, 16, have misplaced a sibling and their father.

The deaths were amongst the 19 fatalities on Staten Island as a result of Superstorm Sandy, greater than another borough in New York. The whole U.S. dying toll at the moment stands at 108.

Among the different victims were Connor and Brandon Moore, 4 and two, who were swept out of mum Glenda’s arms by an enormous wave on the East coast of the island.

John jr: Relatives said father and son had a special bond

John jr: Relatives mentioned father and son had a particular bond

The Filipowicz household dwell on Fox Beach Avenue which was amongst the hardest hit streets on Staten Island, the place one other 51-12 months-outdated unidentified man died.

Neil Filipowicz, 46, John the elder’s brother advised MailOnline that his brother determined to disregard warnings to evacuate after the weathering hurricane Irene last 12 months and a 1992 storm.

The household right now went to examine the devastating scene the place their family members had been killed.

He mentioned: ‘I spoke to Joseph and he mentioned that that day he tried to get him to depart. He was on the telephone and was telling John (the son) to depart the home. He advised him: ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’.

‘There was no means he was going to depart his dad at house. It was a bond the way it’s presupposed to be together with your youngsters, between a son and a father. They cherished one another a lot. They had an unbelievable bond.’

Neil, a retired New York City Firefighter who served on 9/11, mentioned the household turned involved after they were unable to achieve both father or son throughout Monday evening’s storm.

Neil went to their home the subsequent day at 7.30am, had a glance spherical the home and observed his brother’s keys and pockets were on the desk however there was no signal of them.

Neil, Christine and different family then went spherical native hostels and after they discovered nothing Neil went again to the home on his personal.

Neil mentioned: ‘I crawled by way of a gap in the wall that the water had made. I shone my flashlight from proper to left and then I noticed a hand, to my left.

‘I was praying it was a doll’s hand however I reached in the water and grabbed it and my nephew got here up.

‘My brother got here up too, he had his arm spherical the again of his head, shielding him.

Son John (left) refused to leave his father's side

Son John (left) refused to depart his father’s facet

John Filipowicz Jr (back, right) pictured here with relatives two years ago

John Filipowicz Jr (again, proper) pictured right here with family two years in the past

Twin brothers: Joseph (right) urged John to leave the house but John jr responded 'I'm not leaving daddy'

Twin brothers: Joseph (proper) urged John to depart the home however John jr responded ‘I’m not leaving daddy’

‘I was pulling each of them at the identical time, by their shirts and a neighbour got here and helped me take away them and we put them on the facet of the home till they were moved by the National Guard and the Medical Examiner.

‘My nephew was holding my brother and my brother was clutching him into his chest as in the event that they knew they were dying.

‘My brother was defending him. Their eyes were open. My brother regarded intense, like he was nonetheless attempting to combat the finish and be the father and defend his son. My nephew was so scared.

‘The water line on this was 10ft up however I’m considering it will need to have been a lot larger.’

Neil mentioned that the two males were in the basement as a result of they were ‘checking on issues’ – others on the road had slender escapes after they did precisely the identical.

Neil mentioned: ‘I do know my brother had some sandbags outdoors, he had used some expandable foam on the again door. No water acquired by way of it.

‘All the foam needed to be lower out, he in all probability was checking on it and perhaps he heard a crack in the construction, however as soon as that gave means, the rush of the water, that stress.

Some of the cinderblocks are over the different facet of the basement. To be pushed like that, they shot like cannon.’

Fighting again the tears, Neil mentioned that he had been on responsibility as a New York City fireman on 9/11 however that ‘nothing compares to this as a result of of the closeness’.

Neighbours knew John the elder as the ‘mayor’ of the road as a result of he regarded after them all by serving to clear the snow out of the road in winter.

John jr pictured with a friend

John jr pictured with a pal

They in flip referred to him by the household nickname, ‘Flip’. Paying tribute to his brother, Neil mentioned: ‘My brother was all about household. Even our buddies were thought of household, it was like an prolonged household.

‘He was United States Marine out of High School. He served in Greneda then he labored in the New York City Corrections Department and from there he retired and labored for the Concrete Labourers Union for some time.

‘He was a giant household man, cherished his spouse and children immensely. For the last few years he drove a bus for varsity youngsters.

‘He was soccer coach, a basketball coach. He was college baseball coach as nicely and was a church going man, he was an everyday at St Charles Catholic church’ Neil described John the son as a ‘prince’ who did ‘something for anybody’.

He mentioned: ‘He was the inheritor to who’s father was. He did all the things proper. He was by no means in bother, he did all the things proper. He was dedicated to his girlfriend. He went to varsity and took the Fire Department check, he was attempting to higher himself and interested by changing into a nurse.’

Speaking to MailOnline outdoors her house, Christine wiped away the tears as she mentioned that she had not absolutely accepted what had occurred to her household.

She mentioned: ‘I’m simply being robust for my youngsters. It’s a shock, I’m going in and out. I’m simply attempting to carry it collectively. I’ve an excellent household. ‘John meant the world to me.

‘He was my rock. He was my rock. He was a household man, and my poor son was simply 20 years outdated.’

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TravelGuides – The last words Neil Filipowicz heard from his nephew were ‘I’m not leaving Daddy’ . . . then hours later he was pulling their bodies out of the basement locked arm in arm after Sandy snatched them away