Gas Station Heroes – Three Jackets & One Glove

Written by Brian Tarcy

YARMOUTH – As heroes from the recent set of storms go, snow plow drivers, police and firefighters got all the glory. But making sure all those vehicles kept moving were the folks pumping the gas.

Essan Hermin: "I wore three jackets."

Essan Hermin: “I wore three jackets.”

“It was freezing,” said Essan Hirmin, about the day of the storm. Hirmin, who works at the Jay-Mart on Route 28 in Yarmouth, said, “I wore three jackets.”

On this cold gray Tuesday, not quite as bad as the recent historic storm, Hirmin pumped gas with a storm-ready lime-green colored glove on his right hand. His left hand was in his pocket. “I only wear one glove,” he said, pulling his left hand from his pocket. “I need to count money, you know.”

And such is the life of the cold-weather heroes who fuel vehicles in blizzards.

Tony George: "All the people were very nice."

Tony George: “All the people were very nice.”

At the Sav-On Gas in Harwich on Route 28, Tony George said he worked during the storm. “It was awful. A real drencher, you know.” But, he said, he noticed that “all the people were very nice. They said they were worried about me.”

Fred Bassil: "I don't mind working in cold weather."

Fred Bassil: “I don’t mind working in cold weather.”

In the storm, there were a lot of folks working together. “I have a lot of accounts for plowing,” said Eli Bassil, owner of United Gas of Yarmouth.  “I was busy. During the storm, there were a lot of plows and big trucks here. But when you get busy, with all the snow, you have no place to park cars.”

His brother, Fred Bassil, was outside working on this day. “I don’t mind working in cold weather,” he said.

But Eli Bassil said, “I’m looking forward to summer.”


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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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