Nobody told Peter Hermans to spend the night at Hackensack Middle School as terrible storms related to Hurricane Ida approached the town. But Hermans did it anyway – and now he’s being praised for helping the school avoid the flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida’s remnants. “He said he slept there to make sure the building didn’t flood since school starts next week and the kids need a building to come to,” Principal Anibal Galiana said. Hermans is the school’s head custodian and was at home when an alarm alerted him that water was entering the school’s basement. It took more than an hour for him to reach the school because many roads were already flooded. The storm hit less than a week before classes were to begin at the school, but because of Hermans what could have been a stressful aftermath of the storm turned into relief. “We are ready for our scholars because of his amazing dedication,” the school said on its Facebook page.

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