There are many remarkable rescue stories and acts of kindness coming out of Texas in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, with hometown heroes braving the floodwaters in everything from boats to big rigs to jet skis.
People are banding together to help where they can. The powerful visuals of these heartwarming moments have lifted people up in these times of peril and will continue to do so as the entire state moves toward recovery.
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Here are highlights of the incredible acts of kindness coming from flood-ravaged southeast Texas.
Nick Sheridan drove nearly 200 miles with his big rig to help rescue those stranded in the floodwaters.
With the help of two other truck drivers, the three of them rescued more than 1,000 people.
“It’s been something I hope I never experience again just because it’s hard to see,” Sheridan said on “Good Morning America” today. “We worked together. We drove through the streets in teams so that if one of us got stuck we had each other to keep moving because you can’t see where the gullies are. One of the tractor trailers went into one and almost rolled over so I used the front of my truck to pull him out of the gully because you can’t see where the curves are. It’s tough.”
Sheridan told “GMA” he was inspired to take action because he’s previously served in the military.
“My whole life I’ve kind of been in that civil service role, but being on my own gave me the ability to go where they needed me rather than be stationed to go direct traffic on a street corner or something like that,” he said. “I was really able to put my equipment to use here being a freelance rescuer.”
Realtor Stephanie Fry offered up her own apartment to families who have needed a place to stay.
“People walking down the streets with backpacks, trash bags of clothes and babies on their backs. It’s really hard for everybody right now,” Fry told ABC News while fighting back tears.
She then told one of displaced families staying in her apartment to call or text her if they need anything.
“I really mean that,” she said as tears streamed down her face. “I’m right down the street. I’m right here for you guys.”