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Go Ahead, Be Selfish

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I’m sure y’all have heard about the heartwarming reunion between the airman and the little girl he rescued during the floods of Hurricane Katrina.  The ten year old photo of the hug the girl gave her hero is so touching, however, what really caught my eye was how the hero in this story said that the victim actually saved him.  Here’s the lowdown:

After 10-year search, former airman reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’ on TV show

Written by: Staff


Following a 10-year search, a former airman reunited with a young girl he saved during Hurricane Katrina. The rescue was captured in a viral photo.

Former Air Force Master Sergeant Mike Maroney turned to the internet in hopes of finding the little pig-tailed girl he was photographed with in 2005. Maroney, who participated in pararescues during the storm, said he vividly remembers pulling a little girl and her six family members off of a New Orleans rooftop. The viral photograph was taken by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce, but Maroney never got the little girl’s name.

Maroney called it a brief moment of joy in what felt like a hopeless mission

The image went viral, appearing in ad campaigns and Air Force brochures. Maroney had been searching for the girl ever since, sparking a nationwide search for the young girl.

After years of searching, Maroney found his “Katrina Girl.” Her name is LeShay Brown and she lives in Waveland, Mississippi.

Brown, now 13, reunited with her rescuer Tuesday on a taping of “The Real” TV show.

“I wish I could explain to you how important your hug was,” Maroney told Brown. “Your small gesture helped me through a dark phase. You rescued me more than I rescued you.”

“You rescued me more than I rescued you.”  Now ain’t that something.  Helping someone actually helped himself.

I visited my cousin in San Francisco a few weeks ago and had a whirlwind trip, trying to fit in as much as we possibly could into a 3 day weekend.  We had an absolute blast.  One afternoon, we hopped on a trolley to have lunch in Chinatown.  Luckily, I had my trusty camera ready to snap because I caught this guy in the act of goodness:

This construction worker was, well, busy constructing, and he saw this elderly lady walking by carrying bags and struggling to walk down one of the many hilly streets in San Francisco.  Bless her heart, she was really having a tough time.  This man stopped what he was doing and escorted this lady down the street.  As the trolley topped the hill, he was still assisting her and I can only assume that he helped her to her destination.  No accolades, no praise.  Just a person being nice.

Don’t you find that pretty much every single time you help someone that it makes you feel good?  Whether it’s volunteering at a food bank or assisting an elderly person with carrying groceries or buying some books for a child who has none; doesn’t that make you feel just as good, if not better, than the person that you helped?  Therefore, is helping others a selfish act?  Yep.  Sure is.

So go ahead.  Go be selfish.  Do something that is good for others while nourishing your own soul.


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