As the waters rise in Houston and rescue efforts continue, stories pour onto social media about the heroic acts that are happening to save those trapped in the hurricane. We love these stories that prove crisis can bring out the very best in some people.
This video of a news reporter flagging down a boat to save a man she can see stuck in his truck is one of our favorites.
Brandi Smith, a reporter with KHOU 11 News spots a semi-truck while she’s on air, and frantically gets the attention of a truck hauling a boat.
As they speak, the cab of the truck fills with water.
“I’m going to try to get his attention,” Smith anxiously said as the boat prepared to make the rescue. “There is now water filling his cab.”
“Yes, you have stuff in your house. Yes, it probably means a lot to you …. Nothing is more valuable than your life and the lives of your family members. Those you love. Your friends.”
The raw emotion, worry and suspense of this video makes it feel like we are right the in the suspense of the moment.
As the man stuck in the cab is finally pulled out and delivered safely away from the flood, Smith shares a tender conversation with him.
“Thank God that you guys were here to get me and put me back on land safe,” the man said. “I appreciate you.”
“This is going to sound weird, but can I hug you? I am so happy you’re OK,” Smith replies.
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