Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurricane Heroism

The MSM has been pushing the blame game, racism, looting, whining, and canabalism stories and hve been ignoring the stories of true heroism.

18 year old Teen Steals Buses and Drives People to Safety
Several school buses were stolen from Orleans Parish, loaded with storm victims and driven out of New Orleans toward Houston in desperate acts to leave the ravaged city, according to reports.

Three school buses were stopped Thursday night in Port Allen, La., just west of Baton Rouge after they were stolen, according to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. The evacuees were placed on other buses and transferred to shelters in Texas.

An 18-year-old also decided to take matters into his own hands and stole an abandoned city school bus and drove storm victims to Texas, according to a CNN report.

The teen driver, Jabbar Gibson, 18, said he had never driven a bus before but wanted to save people.

"If it wasn't for him, we'd still be in New Orleans on the Gulf," bus passenger Randy Nathan said. "He got the bus for us."

13 year old Saves Family
BILOXI, Miss. | In the long, harrowing moments before Katrina crashed into the east side of this coastal city, a dozen family members, friends and neighbors piled into the only bedroom of a wooden house.

Then they waited, and some drifted asleep. Suddenly, the water rushed in. It came fast, penetrating every wall and window. They retreated to a living room that yielded no protection from the five-foot tide inside the house.

The babies began screaming, the adults panicked and, in that moment, 13-year-old Phillip Bullard began saving lives. Four adults and nine children, including himself.

Phillip swam and cradled the youngest. He floated the oldest - all through the house, out a broken front window and into a boat floating down what was once Holley Street. He coaxed his twin sister to turn loose the side of the house, which she clung to in terror. And he took the hands of his mother and grandmother and guided them through the house, on a path made from sodden furniture. They were willing to die, unable to swim and too frightened to leave their home.

Brothers Save Neighbors
Until Hurricane Katrina swept through the neighbourhood, North Shore Drive was one of the nicest places to live in Biloxi, Mississippi. Large houses with swimming pools and boat wharfs overlooked the normally gentle waters of Tchoutacabouffa Bluff.

Now, the street is caked in thick, crab-infested mud and the pools are filled with murky seawater and fish, reminders of a 25ft storm surge that flooded some of the houses to their roofline.

Among the residents of North Shore Drive are brothers Daniel and John O'Connor. Their story, and the story of how they saved the lives of several neighbours, is one small subplot in the epic saga of Katrina. But their experience is symbolic of the countless human dramas that occurred along the Gulf coast on Monday, August 29.

These are the stories that need to be told, the ones of average people and young people taking the intiative to risk their lives to save others. We don't need to be told of nothing but gloom and doom, we need the real life drama of heroic youths and people risking all. I am tired of the Blamers, Looters, Canabals and Whiners, WE WANT MORE HEROS!!

Mr Minority