While CNN is making crazy headlines out of the Mayor of New Orleans’ soundbites, the heartbreak on the Gulf coast continues.
In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard, this group of evacuees stood out: a 6-year-old boy walking down the road, holding a 5-month-old, surrounded by five toddlers who followed him around as if he were their leader.
They were holding hands. Three of the children were about 2 years old, and one was wearing only diapers. A 3-year-old girl had her 14-month-old brother in tow. The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he said his name was Deamonte Love.
After their rescue Thursday, paramedics in the Baton Rouge rescue operations headquarters tried to coax their names out of them.
Transporting the children alone was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, knowing that their parents are either dead” or that they had been abandoned, said Pat Coveney, a Houston emergency medical technician who put them into the back of his ambulance and drove them out of New Orleans.
“It goes back to the same thing,” he said. “How did a 6-year-old end up being in charge of six babies?”
This puts life in perspective doesn’t it? Try and remember this story the next time something trivial pisses you off. We have it so easy right now.
6-year-old becomes a hero to band of toddlers, rescuers [Houston Chronicle]