As Hurricane Harvey made a landfall in Texas, citizens in the area put a real meaning to ‘a friend in need, is a friend indeed’ quote. In light of the hurricane havoc, one man risked his life to try and save people affected by the storm.
At the same time, around 3,000 national and state guard troops have been sent to Houston to offer a helping hand. Still, the story of Abe Minor and his rescue mission on his nephew’s boat captured the hearts of many.
Minor had a sit-down on ABC’s Good Morning America to share his story:
“Thank you for asking about my family. My family is doing great. The water subsided and we’re just coping right now. I think everybody is just taking in the magnitude of what just happened yesterday,” Minor said.
Although Minor initially intended to save his family alone, he soon figured out that many more people were in need of help.
“You know, she (my wife) woke me up in the morning. She says, ‘Hey, you know what, my friend P.J., him and his family are stranded. Go get the jon boat and go with him and rescue his family. It’s only a couple blocks over.’ So I’m thinking, okay, no problem,” Minor said.
“We go and get the John boat. We load it up in the truck and then the water was too deep for the truck to continue. So we had to go by boat from there on. It’s only a couple blocks over. This block was knee-deep and the next was chest-deep and the block near their house was up to my neck and shoulders so it was amazing and we got to the house,” he noted.
As he explained, the rescue of P.J.’s family, including their children, made him sigh with relief in the end.
He was particularly modest when asked how many people he had saved:
“The interesting part with that was that we’re trying to go back home, me and P.J. Because, you know, you’re fatigued from mauling through the water and swimming and just the anxiety of it all and people were screaming out ‘help, help, help,’” Minor said.
“You know, we’ll come back for you. We’ll come back for you. One turned to two, two turned to three. Three turned to four. Next thing you know there’s 20 different people you’ve rescued along with their animals,” he added.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott explaining that Hurricane Harvey was “the worst we’ve ever seen in the state of Texas,”storm-wise.
“You have to be proud to see the way our fellow Texans have responded,” Abbott noted, “whether they are the first responders or just neighbors helping neighbors to deal with this overwhelming catastrophe.”
The good people of America have spoken! We have a true hero in Minor, people, so let’s thank God for men like him.