There was nothing ‘fake’ about the heroics of a CNN News crew in Dickinson, Texas on Sunday.
Their actions saved the lives of an elderly couple and their two dogs from the flood waters ravaging the Southeastern portion of the state in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera, cameraman Joel De La Rosa, and producer Jason Morris were in a small volunteer rescue boat piloted by Austin Seth in the flooded neighborhood of Dickinson.
They were about to leave the area when they heard a call for help from Pam Jones, the daughter of an elderly couple trapped in their home by rising floodwaters. It was a moment that almost certainly made the difference between life and death for 83-year-old Elmore Jones, 83-year-old, JoAnn Jones, and the two dogs they loved.
They had done five or six laps around the Bayou Chantilly neighborhood when they heard Jones’ cry for help. They pulled up and found Jones at the door with her 86-year-old father, Elmore, and her 83-year-old mother, JoAnn.
Seth jumped into the waters and waded into the home as the CNN crew watched from the boat. As the camera rolled, Seth led Elmore Jones to the boat, and Lavandera helped pull him up. The rest of the crew assisted in bringing aboard JoAnn, Pam and the couples’ two dogs.
The family and their dogs were brought to safety and reunited with other family members after the rescue, shaken, but grateful to be among the survivors of what is now being called the worst flooding event in Texas history.
CNN has been the target of Trump, who has repeatedly called the organization ‘fake news.’ But there was nothing fake about the efforts they made to save real lives facing tragedy.
This CNN crew is made up of real heroes that deserve real credit for showing the world that real Americans know what matters most:
Featured image via CNN YouTube video screenshot
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