More he­roes in storms’ wake

The Maui News - - OPINION -

Only 10 days ago, we wrote about some of the ev­ery­day he­roes who de­scended on Texas to help fel­low cit­i­zens af­ter the tragic flood­ing from Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. “There were also or­di­nary cit­i­zens who came from all over to help. We watched story af­ter story of peo­ple who had boats hitch them up to their trucks and drive hundreds of miles to help in the re­lief ef­fort. “A Hous­ton fur­ni­ture dealer turned both of his stores into shel­ters, hous­ing over 500 peo­ple. Teenagers res­cued the el­derly and the sick from stranded homes — walk­ing through waist-deep wa­ter with those poor folks cling­ing to their backs. “The vol­un­teers and those res­cued were all shades of skin — every in­ter­view we saw had the res­cuers stat­ing they were sim­ply sav­ing their broth­ers and sis­ters.” A sim­i­lar re­ac­tion is oc­cur­ring in Florida in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Irma — the largest such At­lantic storm in his­tory. We were amazed to hear the story of the man who bought the last gen­er­a­tor in a store giv­ing it away to a com­plete stranger whose fa­ther was de­pen­dent on an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated oxy­gen tank. Ra­mon San­ti­ago saw Pam Brekke cry­ing and im­me­di­ately gave her the life­sav­ing gen­er­a­tor. “She needs the gen­er­a­tor,” he said sim­ply. There was story af­ter story of neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors, of un­re­lent­ing ef­forts by fed­eral, state and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials im­plor­ing cit­i­zens to get to shel­ters. The Red Cross worked tire­lessly to pro­tect and feed those in need. Now, we are im­pressed by ef­forts from celebri­ties to raise funds to aid the vic­tims of both storms. These back-to-back dis­as­ters have shown, once again, what a kind and thought­ful na­tion we live in.

Ed­i­to­ri­als re­flect the opin­ion of the pub­lisher.

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