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Gibson drove the bus from the flooded Crescent City, picking up stranded people, some of them infants, along the way. Some of those on board had been in the Superdome, among those who were supposed to be evacuated to Houston on more than 400 buses Wednesday and today. They couldn't wait.
The group of mostly teenagers and young adults pooled what little money they had to buy diapers for the babies and fuel for the bus.
Many of those around him alternated between excited, cranky and nervous, clutching suitcases or plastic garbage bags of clothes.
They looked as bedraggled as their grueling ride would suggest: 13 hours on the commandeered bus driven by a 20-year-old man. Watching bodies float by as they tried to escape the drowning city. Picking up people along the way. Three stops for fuel. Chugging into Reliant Park, only to be told initially that they could not spend the night.
Every bit worth it.
"We took the bus and got out of the city. We were trying to get out of the city," James Hickerson said.
Several passengers on the bus said they took the matter into their own hands earlier Wednesday because they felt rescuers and New Orleans authorities were too slow in offering help.
Someone hire this young man. Get him into a program for future leaders. He deserves it.
Imagine yourself in his spot.
Driving past bloated corpses, through flooded streets filled with sewage and debris, past looters and gunmen (other reports have them going through water as deeps as 4-5 feet in places) but still maintaining his cool, his destination, but not losing his compassion.
Hey MSM! Here's your HERO story for the flood recovery!
Posted by Oldspook 2005-09-02 17:45||
#2 Big thing in my book (forgot to add it):
He refused to be a victim.
He didnt give in to the culture that pushes him (by his color and economic status) to be a passive victim whose only outlet is rage and only hope is waiting on the goivernment to do things for him.
He took action and should be publicly noticed and commended.
Posted by Oldspook 2005-09-02 17:48||
#3 Gung Ho!
It's there. Work together and no job is to large.
Posted by Mona Gorilla 2005-09-02 17:58||
#4 This boy became a man. Good for him. God bless him.
Posted by Chalcas 2005-09-02 18:00||
#5 Saw this comment linked to on another blog that I posted this story to:
"The law was made for man, not man for the law. He peacefully saved lives, using an abandoned vehicle. Other people are looting, staying behind, shooting at rescuers and each other, setting things on fire, engaging in foolish acts of destructions. He took a hundred people he did not even know out of the pit of hell and brought them to sanctuary."
Enough of the looters and Shep Smith wading and trolling for doom & gloom. I want to see this young man as the "Face of Katrina" in the press.
Come on MSM - pick it up!
Posted by Oldspook 2005-09-02 18:01||
#6 Wish it would happen, OS, but unfortunately you and I both know it won't. :-(
I'm not even christian, but I have no doubt the far left and the MSM bastards will burn in hell.
Posted by trailing wife 2005-09-02 18:11||
#8 A real Hero.
(Which means the MSM will ignore him...)
Posted by CrazyFool 2005-09-02 18:41||
#9 He broke the rules and the law. And also showed maturity, resourcefulness, bravery, and probably saved the lives of a few of those people. Give him a medal!
Posted by DMFD 2005-09-02 20:47||
#10 It's heartbreaking to see that photo of all those school buses just sitting there. I'm surprised that more buses aren't being used. There should be a continual line of buses getting these folks out. More helocopters too. It's good to hear stories of folks actually doing something to save themselves instead of expecting to have others do for them all the time. Kudos to this teen.
Posted by Jan 2005-09-02 23:03||