When floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey started pouring into their first-floor apartment, one Texas mom and her 13-year-old son moved to safety at a neighbor’s nearby second-floor apartment, before it got too dangerous.
As the hours passed, the floodwaters kept rising, and at around 2 a.m., 13-year-old Virgil Smith got a call from his friends asking for help because they couldn’t swim and were about to drown. “I was like, ‘Man, I gotta go get them right now,’ ” Virgil said. “I gotta go help my friends.”
In the middle of the night, Virgil swam back to his apartment and grabbed an air mattress since he wouldn’t be able to save everyone on his own, and guided it over to his friend. “I put him, his two sisters, one baby and his brother, and I had my other friend by the hand right here, and I set his momma and his step-dad on the air mattress,” Virgil said.
With help from two neighbors, they pushed the mattress through the dangerous floodwaters to the apartment where his mom was waiting. The brave teen then headed back out to save others he encountered on the way that needed rescuing, including an elderly woman in a wheelchair. “She was like, ‘Help, help!’ and we were like, ‘We got you’.”
“All I’m thinking about is I know he’s able to save. He can rescue, he can swim, and I just had faith in the Lord that everything was gonna be alright,” said Virgil’s mom, Lisa Wallace. “I thank God that no snakes or no alligators bit us,” Virgil added.
Watch the entire video below to see what this boy did to save his neighbors from drowning.
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