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The home was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall.

Despite being in a lot of pain for some time after the operation, Sgt. Marrocco showed a sense of humor, his father said. He had a hoarse voice from a tube in his throat during the long surgery, decided that he sounded like Al Pacino and started doing movie lines.

“He was making the nurses laugh,” Mr. Marrocco said.

• AP writer Alex Dominguez contributed to this article.