My family and myself was in Bay St. Louis when Katrina made landfall and we rode it out. What i recall of that storm I will never forget the sound of the wind screaming the sound of the glass as it busted, the sights I seen the smells will haunt me till the day i draw my final breath. Two years later i still have flash backs to that day and the hours the sound of the fan blowing or the A\\C coming on will wake me in a cold sweat and shaking because in my mind I am back in that building and reliving it all over once more.\r\n\r\nPeople hear what I did during that storm and there first words are always the same \"Your a hero\" honestly I don\'t see my self as a hero I see my self as a man who did what had to be done to save his family because when it all comes down to it and it\'s all said and done there the only thing we truly have in this world we can count on. People ask me \"Wasn\'t you scared during that storm?\" Yes I was very scared any person who says no I wasn\'t scared is a bold face liar, but I over came that fear to pull my family to safety and carry my brothers sons across highway 90 to safety on my back, turn and help my mother and sister in law into a boat and get them to safety and then try to get my dad to go to safety, was I scared yes was I scared of dieing no I came to a point where I said \"God you want me thats fine I will go but I will be damned if you take my family or anyone else I could help I will die saving people.\" was i scared of my family dieing yes I was scared my mother was going to have a heart attack during this storm.\r\n\r\nDo I regret what I did during that storm no, my only thing I regret is I didn\'t help more people.\r\nPeople tell me you did what you could your only human, that doesn\'t soften the questioning I will live for rest of my life would this child have her mom and dad still if I pushed self harder and did more there will always be the question in my mind \"What if\".\r\n\r\nAnother question that plauges me is \"Why me\" why did I live through that all when others didn\'t make it people who was far better humans then myself.\r\n\r\nWhen we left Bay St Louis Mississippi we had nothing but what we had on our backs but I was the richest man in the world I had my family safe and sound. Would I do it again if I had to do it all over again would I change anything I did ? yes I would do it all over again and I would only change the face I would help more people.\r\n\r\nDon\'t call me a Hero I\'m simply a man.


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