Hurricane Harvey has proved the resilience of American people. While the 150 mile per hour Hurricane Harvey was making landfall in Texas and its biggest city Houston with more than two million people, there were police officers still trying to ensure that everything looked normal. They were not trying to flee the town and get out to safety.
The same was true when several feet of water had inundated the entire town and its nearby suburbs, the police officers were still going around, doing their best to save the stranded people on roads and inside their homes.
At a time when anyone would have given up on going out and doing his or her duty, police officers from Houston were still doing their best to work as much as possible. One police officer lost his life, while trying to reach to the spot where he had to report. His wife had advised him against going out during such a terrible weather.
Now it has come out that hundreds of police officers who were working round the clock during the Hurricane Harvey destruction and during the torrential rains and storms had their homes destroyed during the same period.
One of the police officer, who saved hundreds of people stranded during the unprecedented flooding is Bert Ramon, who is fighting stage 4 colon cancer. The 24-year police veteran became one of the heroes of Hurricane Harvey, helping rescue nearly 1,500 people. Many were children – all were desperate.
For the veteran police officer, it was not the first natural calamity when he worked, he worked during both Hurricanes Alison and Rita. Nonetheless he rates Harvey as the worst. It was “like apocalypse — it was just unreal”, Ramon goes on to add.
The officer rescued as many as 1500 people in the course of a week when the flooding was at its worst. There is no denying that it was extremely dangerous for Ramon, who has stage 4 cancer. It has spread from his colon to his liver and lungs.
Ramon while talking about his heroics nonchalantly says, “God answered my prayer. It came out of this flood. I hope I can inspire other cancer patients that you know don’t let this hold you back. If you feel strong, don’t let it take over your life at all…I said, ‘hey, I’m fine.’ I said, ‘don’t hold me back. I’ll go wherever I need to be”.
He says he doesn’t care for his health if he feels OK. “As long as I feel good, I feel healthy, I’m going to go out there and work you know. And it hasn’t slowed me down yet. Thank God.”
His wife Cindy says, “There’s no way I can tell him you can’t go. He looks at me and says ‘You crazy.’ He says ‘I’m going. I’m going in.’”