While Hurricane Harvey devastated many people it also did reveal a ton of character. Like this teenage hero who saved people from the hurricane with an air mattress.
The young hero is named Virgil Smith. While he was staying in a second floor apartment with his mother he stepped up. Smith heard a cry from a friend who was unable to swim. Instead of standing around, he immediately took action and dove into the floodwaters in his apartment. He was able to come up with an air mattress that is used for guests and put it to use in saving his friend.
Smith told ABC13:
“He was like, VJ, can you come help us because you know that we can’t swim,” says Smith.
Smith says he swam back to his apartment, pulled out the air mattress his family uses for guests, and went to work, rescuing his friends.
“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,” said Smith.
Teenage Hero Virgil Smith
But Smith wasn’t done. He saved an elderly woman in a wheelchair.
But make no mistake, Smith had some fears to overcome while saving people.
“I thank God that no snakes or no alligators bit us,” said Smith.
This young man is a real hero.