Hurricane Harvey has done untold amounts of destruction to our friends, relatives, and fellow citizens in Texas.
But it’s times like these that show us the true good in people’s hearts. Managing to risk their own lives to help others. In a world where so many bad things seem to happen, it’s kindness during tragedies like this that can restore our faith in humanity.
Below are 8 stories of heroic acts of banding together to help support our fellow human.
1. Dramatic Live TV Rescue
— Hayley Jones (@meetmissjoness) August 27, 2017
Journalist Brandi Smith became part of the story when she saw a truck driver become stranded in a flooded roadway.
During her news report on live TV, the journalist stopped covering Hurricane Harvey to flag down two sheriff’s deputies that had been driving past with a rescue boat.
There’s a truck driver stuck here in about 10 feet of water
She told them of the trapped truck driver and they immediately saved the man’s life.
2. Communities Uniting
The people of Houston, Texas are uniting and banding together like never before.
One rescue volunteer, Steve Hresko puts it best
I’ve met more of my neighbors in the last 24 hours than I have in the last 20 years
As dump trucks and other rescue vehicles help rescue children and adults, other heroes have begun to navigate flooded streets by boat to help rescue any families who are still stranded. It’s this community effort that has saved countless lives.
3. Emergency Water
During a flood one of the most crucial supplies that victims need is clean drinking water.
— The Best Drink Ever (@FindTBDE) August 29, 2017
Thankfully one of America’s largest breweries, Anheuser-Busch producers of the ever popular Budweiser beer, has shifted their entire production to making clean drinking water.
The end result is three truckloads, or 155,000 cans, of clean drinking water for any one in the Gulf Coast.
Anheuser-Busch Vice President for Community Affairs said in a statement,
Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations. The safety of our colleagues is paramount and we are proud of the work our Houston team has done over the weekend to keep our team safe in these difficult and exceptional circumstances.
The victims of Hurricane Harvey truly appreciate the supply of clean drinking water.
4. Emergency Services
Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s the combination of trained emergency service members that have done the most heroic deeds over the weekend. But appreciation for their work is always in short supply.
If it wasn’t for the combined work of police forces, the coast guard and other search and rescue teams, thousands would still be stranded in their flooded homes.
A photo of SWAT team officer Daryl Hudeck carrying a mother and her 13-month-old baby has since gone viral, representing the many heroes rescuing those in need.
Photographer David Phillip explains what compelled him to grab the photo that has come to define Houston lately.
I was just keeping an eye out and as soon as I saw the SWAT team member carrying her and then seeing the baby, I just couldn’t believe that baby was wrapped up in there and not crying. It was just tender. It was very special.
But it isn’t just SWAT team officer Hudeck that has been caught on film doing heroic deeds.
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 27, 2017
Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Johnson was carrying two young children through knee high flood waters to safety when a photographer captured the moment.
5. Exhausted Deputy
A photo of a Texas Sheriff’s Deputy who, after working for 12 hours straight, had collapsed and fallen asleep. It quickly went viral when people learned this man’s story. Many expressed respect for the man who had done so much to help victims until he could no longer even stand on his own. Take your well deserved rest!
6. Animal Rescues
It isn’t just humans that get stranded when flooding hits, but also our beloved pets. Many of these animals simply could not save themselves, so animal activists and concerned people began to rescue animals themselves.
7. 15 Stranded
Need help asap emergency services please RETWEET pic.twitter.com/LesxeaIHNm
— Timothy J. McIntosh (@DividendsMGR) August 27, 2017
A shocking photo of 15 stranded pensioners went viral. In the picture, the entire room was flooded as 15 people sat unable to move. It had seemed that no one was coming to rescue them.
Thankfully the photo was shared by Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owned the nursing home. The tweet was forwarded to the emergency services who rescued them as another photo showed up of them happy and most importantly dry!
— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) August 28, 2017
8. Mattress Store Turned Makeshift Shelter
Our GF N FWRY & GF Grand PKWY stores are open for those in need. If you can safely join us, we invite you for shelter and food. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/IHHgjKmjMY
— MattressMack (@MattressMack) August 28, 2017
A furniture store in Houston has opened it doors to those now homeless by the flood.
In a Facebook post they announced they would be willing to let anyone sleep in their showroom.
Anyone in need of shelter who can safely navigate out of their neighborhood, Mattress Mack and the GF Family invite you to join us