3 Teens Become Instant Heroes in Houston Rescue Missions

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has been unprecedented for the state of Texas. Houston residents, an estimated number of 30,000, are being forced to evacuate from their homes; another 450,000 will require some form of disaster relief. And the storm isn’t over. It is has turned into the Gulf of Mexico and will be hitting the state again.

The Texas citizens have responded in an amazing way to the disaster. They’ve banded together, using the private resources, to help those in need. There have been many examples of heroism and this group of teen boys, armed with a small fishing boat and a paddle board, are something to take notice of.

Via the Daily Wire: Seventeen-year-old Thomas Edwards and his three friends, Richard Dickason, 17, Liam Connor, 17, and his brother Declan Connor, 15, were some of those heroes. The boys, all high school students at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, spent hours rescuing stranded Texans in a small fishing boat. Edwards estimates the crew saved over 50 people, not to mention numerous pets.

Edwards told The Daily Wire that he woke up to find the massive flooding; his truck was nearly completely submerged and one-story houses all around him had water all the way up to their doors. Instead of feeling fear or sorry for himself (as any typical 17-year-old might feel after they see their truck under water), Edwards and his pals took this hardship as a cue to help others.

The day before the storm, the boys picked up Declan’s fishing boat from Galveston, Texas. This was the perfect vehicle to save some folks.

“Once the boat began to float on the trailer we decided to venture out,” Edwards said. “We could hear people screaming for help and we towed a paddle board behind us so we could fit more people on the boat. We began to pick people up and take them to a local Krogers, where other evacuees sought refuge. We were the only boat in the neighborhood until 2 o’clock, and we motored back and forth making trips to rescue as many people as we could.”

Edwards said him and his friends began working with local firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers, saving 50 people or more. “Neighbors would tell us addresses or point in directions to where they heard people yelling from.”

“We rescued families, babies, dogs, rabbits, you name it,” explained the teen. “My friend Liam and I would stay on the paddle board and pull the boat across the intersection in order to unload people closer to the Kroger parking lot. It was an incredibly surreal experience to take a boat down streets while trying to dodge sunken cars and overhanging tree limbs.”

Edwards noted that the boys caught a second wind when local photojournalist Mark Mulligan of the Houston Chronicle posted photos of their rescue efforts.

“People were calling us patriots, fine young men, and heroes,” he said. “All of these comments bolstered our morale and let us know that what we were doing did not go without recognition, although we would have done so regardless.”

One comment really resonated with Edwards: “Someone said that in times like these, differences don’t matter because we are all in the same predicament.”

“On our last trip, we drove back towards the house and passed by 5 national guard trucks, which gave me and Declan a feeling of relief,” Edwards noted.

“I thought it was incredibly valiant to see how the whole community banded together to save one another,” he added.

These courageous and selfless teens are great examples of how people should treat each other. Imagine if all of us did what they did, how better our world would be. One act of kindness goes a long way. Bravo, boys!

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