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Monday, August 25, 2003

SU Alumnus Lauded As Hero in Blackout

SALISBURY, MD---Lauded as a hero for his volunteer work in New York following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Salisbury University graduate Tim Kane is in the spotlight again for his role in keeping New Yorkers safe during last week’s massive blackout.


Working as a logistics specialist for the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Kane worked for 35 hours with almost no sleep during the blackout. When he did doze, he didn’t bother going home. Instead, he slept in a car in the parking lot outside his office.


During those 35 hours, Kane acquired generators and fuel for nursing homes, hospitals, dialysis centers and other facilities, ensuring continuing care for the sick and elderly at those institutions. He also generated maps and distributed them to other agencies to ensure life-saving equipment got to where it was needed. Kane was involved in the management of the OEM’s emergency operations center throughout the power outage.


New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised Kane’s work.


“Well-run logistics may not sound very sexy, but try handling a civil emergency without it,” the mayor said.


Though he lives in New York, Kane retains connections on the Eastern Shore and at Salisbury University. His parents, Dr. Francis and Mary Kane, are faculty members at SU.


“We’re very proud of what Tim has done, especially that he has devoted his life to public service,” said Dr. Kane.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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