The last words Neil Filipowicz heard from his cousin were & # 39; I'm not leaving Dad & # 39 ;. . . then, hours later, he pulled their bodies from the cellar closed arm in arm after Sandy took them away

At Sandy's peak were the last words that Joseph Filipowicz heard from his twin brother & # 39; I am not going to leave Dad & # 39; … hours later their bodies were pulled out of the basement

  • Father and son were covered with 12ft water within seconds of Sandy & # 39; s strike
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    Family describes a horrible moment when they discovered their bodies in the dark basement

  • The son refused to leave his father's side despite the fact that he was warned to evacuate
  • Deaths on Staten Island now until 19 after the superstorm
  • Father's brother was a fireman during 9/11, but said & # 39; nothing compared & # 39; with this family loss

A son was drowned in his father's arms in the icy water of Superstorm Sandy after telling family members: & # 39; I'm not leaving Dad & # 39 ;.

John Filipowicz, 51, and his son John, 20, were found to be still holding each other in their basements, protecting themselves against the current storm that covered them in seconds in 12-foot water.

Family members said the two have an & # 39; incredible bond & # 39; and would never have been divorced – in life or in death.

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

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

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

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

The basement of the house where father and son were drowned when the storm struck The basement of the house where father and son were drowned when the storm struck

The basement of the house where father and son were drowned when the storm struck

Brother and uncle Neil Filipowicz are standing outside the house in Staten Island Brother and uncle Neil Filipowicz are standing outside the house in Staten Island

Brother and uncle Neil Filipowicz are standing outside the house in Staten Island

Neil Filipowicz said the watermark was at least three meters high Neil Filipowicz said the watermark was at least three meters high

Neil Filipowicz said the watermark was at least three meters high

& # 39; He was my stone & # 39 ;: Christine Filipowicz hugs a friend outside of her house & # 39; He was my stone & # 39 ;: Christine Filipowicz hugs a friend outside of her house

& # 39; He was my stone & # 39 ;: Christine Filipowicz hugs a friend outside of her house

John the eldest remained behind to watch over his home in Staten Island, New York, but his son refused to leave because he wanted to stand by his side.

Death means that John, the wife of the eldest, Christine has lost her husband, and her other two children, Joseph, twins of John junior, and Cali (16) have lost a brother and sister and their father.

The deaths were one of the 19 fatalities on Staten Island due to Superstorm Sandy, more than any other New York city. The total American number of deaths is currently 108.

Among the other victims were Connor and Brandon Moore, four and two, who were swept from the arms of my mother Glenda by a giant wave on the east coast of the island.

John Jr.: Family members said that father and son had a special bond John Jr.: Family members said that father and son had a special bond

John Jr.: Family members said that father and son had a special bond

The Filipowicz family lives on Fox Beach Avenue, one of the hardest hit streets on Staten Island, where another 51-year-old unidentified man died.

Neil Filipowicz, 46, John, the elder brother, told MailOnline that his brother decided to ignore warnings to evacuate after last year's hurricane Irene and a 1992 storm.

The family today went to inspect the devastating scene where their loved ones were killed.

He said: & # 39; I spoke to Joseph and he said he was trying to let him leave that day. He was calling and told John (the son) to leave the house. He said to him: & # 39; I'm not leaving Dad & # 39 ;.

& # 39; He absolutely could not leave his father at home. It was a bond how it should be with your children, between a son and a father. They loved each other so much. They had an incredible bond. & # 39;

Neil, a retired New York City firefighter who served on 9/11, said the family was worried when they could not reach either father or son during the Monday night storm.

Neil went to their house at 7:30 the next day, looked around the house and saw his brother's keys and wallet on the table, but there was no sign of them.

Neil, Christine and other family members then went to local hostels and when they found nothing, Neil went home alone.

Neil said: & # 39; I crawled through a hole in the wall that made the water. I shone my flashlight from right to left and then I saw a hand to my left.

& # 39; I prayed it was a doll's hand, but I reached into the water and grabbed it and my cousin came upstairs.

& # 39; My brother came too, he had his arm around his back and protected him.

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

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

John Filipowicz Jr. (back, right) pictured here with family members two years ago John Filipowicz Jr. (back, right) pictured here with family members two years ago

John Filipowicz Jr. (back, right) pictured here with family members two years ago

Twin brothers: Joseph (right) urged John to leave the house, but John Jr. replied: & # 39; I am not leaving Dad & # 39; Twin brothers: Joseph (right) urged John to leave the house, but John Jr. replied: & # 39; I am not leaving Dad & # 39;

Twin brothers: Joseph (right) urged John to leave the house, but John Jr. replied: & # 39; I am not leaving Dad & # 39;

& # 39; I pulled them both on their shirts at the same time and a neighbor came to help me remove them and we put them on the side of the house until they were moved by the National Guard and the Medical Investigator.

& # 39; My cousin held my brother and my brother grabbed him in the chest as if they knew they were dying.

& # 39; My brother protected him. Their eyes were open. My brother looked intensely, as if he were still trying to fight the end and become the father and protect his son. My cousin was so scared.

& # 39; The waterline on this one was 10ft higher, but I think it must have been much higher. & # 39;

Neil said the two men were in the basement because they were checking & # 39; things & # 39; – others on the street had narrow escapes when they did exactly the same.

Neil said: & I know my brother had sandbags outside, he used some expandable foam on the back door. No water came through.

& # 39; All the foam had to be cut away, he probably checked it and maybe he heard a crack in the structure, but once it got away, the pressure of the water, that pressure.

Some cinderblocks are located on the other side of the basement. To be pushed like that, they shot like a gun. & # 39;

Returning the cousin tears, Neil said he had served as a fireman in New York City on 9/11, but that & nothing compared to this due to the proximity & # 39 ;.

Neighbors knew John the Elder as the & # 39; mayor & # 39; from the street because he took care of them all by helping the snow in the street in the winter.

John jr pictured with a friend John jr pictured with a friend

John jr pictured with a friend

They in turn referred to him by the family nickname, & # 39; Flip & # 39 ;. Neil, who paid tribute to his brother, said: “My brother was all about family. Even our friends were considered family, it was like an extended family.

& # 39; He was United States Marine from high school. He served in Greneda, then worked in the Corrections department of New York City and from there he retired and worked for a while for the Concrete Labor Union.

& # 39; He was a great family man, he loved his wife and children very much. In recent years he has been driving a bus for school children.

& # 39; He was a soccer coach, a basketball coach. He was also a school baseball coach and a church-going man, he was a regular at the St. Charles Catholic Church. & # 39; Neil described John the son as a & # 39; prince & # 39; who & # 39; everything for someone & # 39;

He said: & # 39; He was the heir whose father was. He did everything right. He never had problems, he did everything right. He was dedicated to his girlfriend. He went to college and did fire tests, tried to improve himself and thought about becoming a nurse. & # 39;

When she spoke to MailOnline outside her home, Christine wiped the tears away when she said she had not fully accepted what had happened to her family.

She said: & # 39; I'm just strong for my children. It's a shock, I'm going in and out. I'm just trying to keep it together. I have a very good family. & # 39; John meant the world to me.

& # 39; He was my rock. He was my rock. He was a family man and my poor son was only 20 years old. & # 39;

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