Coldest day of year takes its toll on those who work outside

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NEW YORK — Look high or low on a day like Tuesday in New York City and it did not take long to notice the cold weather.

PIX11 News decided to approach people like Brian Clausen or delivery driver Pedro Pen, because unlike the vast majority of the New York City work force, there job required them to be outside for the day.

However, this was not an ordinary day.  This was the coldest in the city since March 6th of last year.  A day that when Clausen showed up to work on a gas main on 34th Street and 2nd Avenue when it was approximately 11 degrees.

When PIX11 News showed up a few hours later it was 26 degrees.

PIX11 News also captured a member of the FDNY fighting a fire in East New York — in shorts.  A few yards away from where he was running around, icicles had taken up a brief residence on fire trucks.

In fact, Battalion Chief James McDermott shared that one firefighter was injured not by flames but rather the elements, "He slipped and fell on ice."

For Pena, these days are when he longs for his homeland of the Dominican Republic, where it was a blistering 86 degrees on Tuesday.

"It's not good, but we have to do it. We have to pay the bills all the time," said Pena. "It's nothing we can do."