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Navy Caption David Tucker of Marcellus provides Sandy relief

David Tucker, fifth from left, stands with officers at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn where he assisted in Sandy relief efforts.

David Tucker, fifth from left, stands with officers at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn where he assisted in Sandy relief efforts. Provided

— Hurricane Sandy is not the first experience Tucker has had with relieving people of horrible conditions. Tucker attended the Syracuse University School of Architecture, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, and applied his learned skills when, in 1994, he was called to active duty and assigned to the United Nations in Sarajevo, Bosnia. There, he served as Engineering Officer for the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He designed and set up refugee camps.

“I was in Sarajevo for a while with no heat, no light, no power, very little water, in the winter,” he said. “Eventually, we had to get airlifted out. I just went all around Croatia and Bosnia inspecting refugee camps. I went days without showering, and there was always the threat of being kidnapped.”

Although Tucker’s presence overseas was an order, he said he would have still provided his service had it not been mandatory. “How often in your life do you get to help thousands of people?” he said. “I had 35,000 in refugee camps in the two countries. They were still coming, so we had to build more camps.”

When a disaster, whether immediate and quick-setting or drawn out and spanning over a long period of time, is in sight, Tucker has proven himself to be the man to have on your side.

Tucker, an architect, has four children, two grandchildren and lives in Marcellus with his wife, Helen.

Caroline Mahony is an editorial intern with the Eagle Observer. Reach her through the editor at editor@eagle-observer.com.

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