“The Pride of Texas” – Texas Military and Air National Guard Continue Ongoing Rescue Efforts…

There are a lot of heroes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; from the local first-responders to the Cajun Navy, to the ordinary American who just makes a commitment to help their neighbor – even when that neighbor might be a thousand miles away.   There are a ton of great uplifting stories that make us all proud to be American.

One of those groups is the Texas military and Air National Guard, and when the sun goes down, they don’t quit.  Even right now, moments ago, in the middle of the night, they are on patrol as earthly angels rescuing people in the dark of night.  Stunningly incredible people….. Truly the pride of Texas.

Sunset doesn’t stop these crews from continuing to answer rescue calls and search for people in remote flooded areas; places where the media cannot reach.  Obscure rescue stories that will never make the media headlines.

Just people, ordinary people, ordinarily quiet invisible Americans who now need assistance, and the intensely brave men and women of the U.S. military who are answering those calls.  God Bless these people.

One small example:  “When we first got the call the information we were given was that there was a request to evacuate two elderly individuals, one of whom was paralyzed,” said Roger Patterson, Texas Task Force 1 squad leader. “Our Texas National Guard team assisted us with their high-profile vehicles to get us as close to the house as possible.”

Texas Guardsmen staged their vehicles, while Patterson and his team maneuvered through deep waters, diverse terrain and numerous obstacles to get to the family in need.

“The water was pretty bad,” said Texas National Guard Pfc. Martin Davila, 386th Engineer Battalion. “It was everywhere – both sides of the roads. Whole houses were under water.”

Patterson’s team arrived at the house and determined they would need a litter to safely transport the handicapped gentleman to dry land.

“When we first got there we noticed an inflatable kayak tied to a street sign,” said Matt Paul, swift-water rescue technician and boat operator for Patterson’s Texas Task Force 1 squad. “We decided to use the kayak as a litter and floatation device, which enabled us to transport him in the safest and fastest way we could think of.”

While Paul and the rest of the members of his team worked to safely evacuate their patient, Patterson split off to coordinate for medical transport to ensure that the patient’s medical needs could be taken care of during his evacuation.

Back at the trucks, Guardsmen waited for the swift-water rescue team to return, while volunteers showed up, seemingly out of nowhere, looking to assist in any way possible.

“One of the really cool things was that when we evacuated the patient, a volunteer came over with his boat and evacuated his wife,” said Paul. “Which enabled us to focus on the well-being of the patient and his evacuation.”

Patterson coordinated for ambulance transport after determining that this patient’s medical needs required more attention than might be possible in the military vehicle.

“Because of his medical conditions we couldn’t bring him to any of the shelters open at the time,” said Patterson. “Ambulance transportation was requested but was significantly delayed due to limited resources and an inundation of patients.”

While Patterson worked on coordinating transport, the Guardsmen and Task Force 1 team worked to protect the man as best possible.

“I was keeping a look out for any emergency vehicles so I could help get him out of danger as quick as possible so he could get the medical attention he needed,” said Davila.

Another man, there looking for a family member, had two umbrellas in his vehicle and used them to provide shelter from the rain, for the patient.

The man needed medical attention for several reasons, one of which was the inability to regulate his own body temperature.

“We had covered him up with as many blankets as we had available, but it continued to rain and the temperature was dropping,” said Paul. “I was concerned with the rain and the temperature; I was worried he would become hypothermic.”

Then a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter flew by in what appeared to be a regular search pattern.

Seeing an opportunity for a quicker medical evacuation, Paul placed his hands and arms out in a ‘Y’ signaling to the helicopter crew that he was asking them to land.

“They flew around showing us they would land,” said Paul. “So our Texas Guard partners helped us stop traffic and secure a landing zone for them, and they were able to land – right in the middle of I-10.”

Of course on that day I-10 traffic was a little sparse.

“It was kind of exciting,” said Davilla. “It was the first time I have ever been a part of an evacuation by air, but it was also nerve-wracking because once we rescued him from the floods we weren’t sure how we would be able to safely evacuate him.”

The team that started out with just Texas soldiers and Task Force 1 swift-water rescue technicians had now doubled in size, adding volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard, all with one mission, to get a patient in need to safety.

“The rescue swimmers approached me and I told them the situation,” said Paul. “They agreed that it was a necessary transport given his medical conditions. Then the pilot confirmed that they would be able to evacuate the patient to a safe medical facility.”

As the hybrid team transported the patient from his inflatable kayak-litter to the Coast Guard litter, Patterson told the patient’s wife the plan.

“The wife was very thankful,” said Patterson. “She was extremely surprised with the helicopter, but very thankful.”

Once loaded on board the helicopter, Coast Guardsmen transported the patient and his wife to a medical facility where his condition could be attended to in safety.

“I’m glad we had all of the support we had,” said Davila. “It made me really proud to be a Texan to see how everyone came together to make sure everyone was okay and going somewhere safe.”

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, first responders say that this type of joint-teamwork is what is helping save lives.

“This type of teamwork is very unique,” said Paul. “It’s the first time I have worked with so many different entities to include the vast number of volunteers. To me, a lot of those folks are out there with their own equipment and on their own time. They are heroes, out there making sacrifices to help their neighbors out.”

First responders may come from different organizations, but they seem to agree on one thing, working together to help someone in need has also changed them.

“After the hurricane response is over, this situation will stick out, we all worked together and were able to do something really good for this man,” said Paul.

“I’m really proud to have been a part of this mission and help someone in need,” said Davilla. “I will continue to volunteer for any rescue missions or volunteer work needed in the future.”  (link)


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72 Responses to “The Pride of Texas” – Texas Military and Air National Guard Continue Ongoing Rescue Efforts…

  1. Pam says:

    God bless them. They are tireless heroes.

    Liked by 37 people

  2. 17CatsInTN says:

    God bless them all. Amen.

    Liked by 21 people

    • TONYA PARNELL says:


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    • shallbe4 says:

      Its been an incredible week. Texas had its worst Hurricane in history and our military branches along with ordinary people volunteering have helped save so many lives. Even the Texans had no idea how much they could accomplish by working together. But now they will never be the same.

      Then there was our President working with the Gov of Texas to make sure everyone was coordinated and doing their jobs. He was also there to play with and feed the children and make sure everyone was cheerful. Our 71 year old Potus also unloaded goods into trucks and had a great time doing it. He refused to let anyone else take over his job. No other President has ever gotten so involved in a tragedy like this. You could see smiles on the faces of those who cannot say when they will be able to return home because they know they have not been forgotten.

      We must not forget the great people of Louisiana who had experience with these kind of hurricanes which made them even more capable of doing the jobs needed be done. God bless them for their recovery from Katrina.

      Today we are praying for all Americans — that we see how people working together can make Texas and La and the rest of our nation a better place.

      Liked by 3 people

  3. sundance says:

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  4. Blue Ridge Mts Va says:

    God Bless them and prayers for their safety!

    Liked by 16 people

  5. auscitizenmom says:

    This story is amazing.

    Liked by 12 people

    • shallbe4 says:

      Thank Auscitizenmom for your interest in our great Texas and Louisiana people. Our nation has been divided for a while now. But people working together has made all of us see how much we can accomplish when we stand together.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    So proud of all of them and very thankful for their dedication.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. alliwantissometruth says:

    I am so sick & tired of this phony racism narrative we hear about 24/7 from the MS Media. The manufactured bull**** & the despicable lies they spew to divide & tear our country apart

    What we’re witnessing in Texas is & always has been what America is all about. Citizens helping citizens in their time of need. Skin color, creed & politics mean absolutely nothing

    Compassion, concern & a sense of purpose That’s what’s in Americans hearts

    The bottom feeder media & their democrat handlers can all go to hell

    Liked by 47 people

  8. Kristin says:

    Great people in our great great country. ❤️

    Liked by 11 people

  9. janc1955 says:

    Geez, I need to run out in the morning for more Kleenex. One amazing story after the other today, Sundance!

    Liked by 18 people

  10. Landslide says:

    A man at my church is a helicopter pilot with the Texas National Guard. He has been flying resue missions—did it with Katrina also. Please include him in your prayers—his name is John. Thanks a million. ❤️

    Liked by 40 people

  11. MfM says:

    This is great. If you want a peak at the civilian side go to the FB pages of AMR Southern Gulf Coast District and AMR American Medical Response. They are contracted by FEMA and have brought in crews and equipment from all over the country.

    Liked by 6 people

    • MfM says:

      There aren’t many shots with rescued people because of patient privacy. Several of the photos are taken as they are setting up for evacuations. While some that the military rescue go directly to hospitals many are just shuttled to a close airport were they are then transported most appropriately. That frees up rescue crews to do more rescues.

      This is part of FEMA’s planning.

      Liked by 2 people

      • carrierh says:

        MfM: And not the FEMA under Obama for sure who did little and even ignored so much. FEMA under Trump and his appointees is a real service and miracle. Thank God for giving us Trump and his appointees, along with all the various services and public assistance by anyone with a boat, or whatever to show the world we are the REAL America back to work again. I can remember a Chinese friend saying our first time visiting China in 2005 that they respect America the strong country, and can do so again now!

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  12. fleporeblog says:

    This is what we are made of! This is why our country is the greatest in the world! We have a Commander in Chief that is leading and others are following his lead because Americans Love ❤️ him, he loves them and we all love each other. Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift we call the President of the United States of America 🇺🇸!

    Liked by 21 people

    • dekester says:

      Thank you Flep,

      President Donald J Trump is truly a gift to all that is good.

      Melania too of course. As they say ” behind ( I prefer beside.) every successful man is a great woman” or something like that.

      A pair if Aces those two.

      God bless PDJT.

      Liked by 4 people

      • carrierh says:

        And Melania has known misery under slavery to communism and can help real Americans to know that they and we will fight to keep our America and those against us and our country will NOT WIN, EVER! because we are not like any other country in who we are, what we believe, and because we are a Republic of, by and for the People and not some radical ideology thinking they can take over our Republic (we are not a democracy, thank God but they like to repeat it thinking we will buy into their garbage. NOT!

        Liked by 2 people

      • shallbe4 says:

        Not only is Melania beautiful but she has a sweet smile for everyone who instantly feels comfortable with her.


  13. parteagirl says:

    Thank you to everyone who’s helping! Here’s another group, founded 50 years ago and still going strong. They spent months and months in New Orleans after Katrina, and are one of the first to respond after the many tornados in our area. God bless the Texas Baptist Men!

    Liked by 20 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      May God bless these men.

      Liked by 8 people

    • dayallaxeded says:

      I remember the Baptists after Katrina–they were everywhere doing everything for everybody in good Christian spirit. Not a fan of some of the more draconian aspects of the denomination, but that won’t get in the way of great respect and appreciation for what these men have done and continue to do.

      Liked by 3 people

    • PreNanny says:

      I can attest the shower trailer concept is simply brilliant! No idea if the ones I used were from TBM or not during rebuilding missions in D’Iberville post Katrina. Thank you very much if they were.
      Cari how are you doing, hope you and family are all safe.

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      • parteagirl says:

        Thank you, PreNanny! North Texas is safe and dry. We didn’t get as many people coming to our shelters this time as we did during Katrina. There seems to be an All-Hands-On-Deck attitude here and we hope to have the Houston area back on its feet in record time.

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  14. MIKE says:


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  15. Dani TX says:

    The héros of this story are the Red Necks with boats and the Cajun Navy. Because of their proximity they could get there faster than the military. God bless these guys who came on their own dime and just dove into the rescue of people. I evacuated and saw all the boats rushing in to assist people in need. GOD BLESS RED NECKS WITH BOATS!!!!!

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  16. Alexsandra says:

    My Dad was a career Air Force pilot but in the mid 1960’s he was Air Force Advisor to the Alaska National Guard for 4 years. He loved assignment more than any he had. After the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake the National Guard (which he was then with) also assisted. And even when there was no crisis like that, they would do things like land a C-130 on glaciers in order to supplly a remote native village. Almost everything they did was altruistic. Aside from pilot-related activities I recall that after the quake they deployed to assist in rescue and stop looting. The National Guard have for years been unsung heros and I am glad to see them gettiing recognition.

    We have much to be proud about, both from military and civilians. Very heartwarming. I feel like I am witnessing America being made great again.

    Liked by 17 people

  17. jmclever says:

    So there just happened to be an inflatable kayak tied nearby? Ain’t God good?!

    Liked by 18 people

  18. Southpaw says:

    Of all the video I have seen not one anti american antifa mask. Do those people not believe in helping their neighbors?

    Liked by 14 people

  19. ladyliberty11 says:

    The magnitude of their bravery and selflessness of these courageous men and women, proud and humble everyday Americans one and all, stands in stark contrast, nay, glaring,contrast to the foes arrayed against our President and his supporters – weak, petty, scheming, selfish, corrupt and evil connivers who seek to nullify the election and overthrow our duly elected President by any means necessary.

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. As in previous times of historic upheaval, it is the best of times, the worst of times, these past weeks and months one shock to our nation after another, an undeclared and cold civil war raging across the land. And now our President has declared “A National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts.” Strange and wondrous times.

    Pray for our country; pray for its brave people; pray for our Republic; pray for President.

    Psalm 34:4 – 5
    Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on.

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  20. dayallaxeded says:

    A good 75% of this effort, danger, and expense coudve been avoided if idjit Turner had ordered evacs of the most flood susceptible areas of H. The few people left and those in areas that unexpectedly flooded would all be rescued by now, so everyone could get on to the next phase. Irresponsible is the gentlest, politest word I can think of for that Democrat.

    Liked by 12 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      I have EXACTLY the same opinion. 😦

      Liked by 2 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Houston is on the Gulf of Mexico which spawns hurricanes and tropical storms.

      When Houston has heavy rain, it floods.

      Even the main highways and city streets flood and become canals.

      Houston’s dams, canals, drainage system and roads are not sufficient or safe.

      Houston needs
      – more, deeper canals or viaducts.
      – main roads need to be built up and elevated.
      – dams need to be rebuilt to greater strength and capacity


    • georgiafl says:

      Houston needs an organized intelligent evacuation system and maybe even to conduct Flood Drills.


    • George says:

      No fan of Turner myself, but you have to suspend logic to believe that these people would have complied. As is being amply demonstrated, they won’t even comply while literally up to their asses in alligators. What is the clue that tells you they would comply before the swamp was even wet?


    • carrierh says:

      day, I completely agree that this mayor needs to be removed now for telling Houston not to worry, no evacuation needed just now, etc. On the other hand, way too many in Houston should have listened to their great Gov. Abbott telling/warning them to get out NOW. So many would have been saved, and those leaving had time to gather mementos, food, important documents, photos, etc. So now all lost and irretrievable all because of one very ignorant and stupid mayor. Can only hope his home is inundated and he has lost a lot as well. Next, no more housing should be rebuilt (some as many as 16 times!) on the flood plain which is there to protect these horrendous fluids by soaking up the water. Move your houses out the flood zone, please, so you can relax and enjoy a new location that is far, far safer. Why did Houston even allow housing on the flood plain is another question I would like answered, but since many in that city are leftists (we don’t say liberals any more because liberal means something entirely different), they probably allowed builders to give bribes and build where God didn’t want housing. Time to wake up and renew the city with smarter mayor and council and disallow buildings in this nature’s way of saving you.

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      • Joel says:

        Lots of this flood is outside the 100 year flood plain, because this is more by far than a 100 year flood. I agree we should change how rebuild is done, over the home builders association complaints.


  21. Alison says:

    Thank you for this inspiring story Sundance.

    My heart aches for those still in danger or discomfort waiting to be rescued. I have no doubt our military & support agencies, and Texans themselves, will not rest until every Texan is accounted for. This is America at our finest.

    Liked by 9 people

  22. Dixie says:

    They are heroes. This has been a tragic and inspiring week and has restored my faith in the human race.

    Liked by 11 people

  23. Nailbanger says:

    God bless all involved in the rescue and recovery and keep all safe

    Liked by 3 people

  24. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    God bless these heroes and keep them safe.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. CiscoKid says:



  26. seabrznsun says:

    Such great people. Where’s the love (♥️) button? Samaritan Purse and many other reputable groups is also on the receiving end of the heroic and life saving work being done. My prayers and heart felt thoughts of relief are with all.

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  27. maiingankwe says:

    Please don’t harp on me too terribly, but this is what I’ve been wondering about lately. I’ve been wondering if our Creator knew all along the strength of his followers and even the ones who may have have put him down the list of importance a time or two is the reason he allowed this catastrophe to hit our shores. Our Creator knew there was love and respect among all of us despite what the msm, antifa, politicians and blm. And maybe this catastrophe was a way to prove it.

    I’m wondering if our Creator allowed this catastrophe to show the world we really are all in this together and we do love our neighbors. The color of our skin has not mattered one whit in the saving of others or helping in so many ways. It was never a precursor to begin with.

    Now, in my wondering I would hope all of the loss we have seen in Texas was to show the real strength of an American citizen and how race really never mattered in the big picture of life.

    I would never declare our Creator did this to show our country and the world that most people here really aren’t racist. It’s not part of their makeup or how they live their lives. I would never say this to someone who has lost so much. It would be mean wouldn’t it? At least I think so, especially if I don’t know if it’s true with a 100% certainty.

    But I just can’t help wonder if this is why it happened and where it happened. A big, blue city like Houston and little red towns all came together as one. No one asked what party they were affiliated with before allowing them to jump in their boat or vice versa. Those boats were lifesavers. It didn’t matter who was running the motor, or walking the kayak, or paddling the canoe or raft. It just didn’t matter.

    Sometimes we need a big jolt to remind us the love and good within people and the testing of the government. But why would we have to see such lengths to what so many of us already know? To what we feel deep in our bones and is as true as the blue sky I see outside today? Most of us base our opinions on a person’s character not the color of their skin.

    Did our msm get too big for their britches? Did antifa and the blm need a good shoot down on their narrative that all people on the right are all racists or there are supremacists hiding around every corner?

    What I find sad, but not surprising is not once have I heard a feel good story of an antifa or blm member or group helping Texans. I haven’t heard of any going down to volunteer in whatever capacity. Kinda like last year in Louisiana when people were asking where was the blm if they cared so much about black lives. And it was black people asking, not whites.

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to word this last part right, so please bare with me. I would hope our Creator would not have had this catastrophe to prove people with their nasty narrative wrong. There has been too much loss, too much sacrifice, too much pain with too many innocents. If something like this was to be done, why wouldn’t it have happened directly at the blm, antifa, the msm, or our politicians? Because they still wouldn’t listen? I don’t know.

    All I know is I’ve seen this fallacy of racism destroyed by light and love in the state of Texas.

    I wish it wouldn’t have taken something like this to have happened, but it did, and we will need to allow our hearts to keep on giving to this great state of ours because they’re going to be hurting and in need for awhile. It may only be in the news for a short time, but while the cameras pack up and leave, Texans and volunteers will still be picking up the pieces for a good long while. Our prayers and our kind hearts will be needed for a good long time.

    So no, I don’t know if this was a yuuge wake up call by our Creator by showing the light of good Americans who have always been. I don’t know if our skies were getting filled with too much hate and anger that our Earth, our Mother cried and lashed out for all to get back on the right footing again. I don’t know. What I do know is our American spirit shone through the darkness, and maybe that’s all I need to know.
    Be well good Treepers and have a blessed Sunday,

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    • joshua says:

      well, Houston is not Sodom nor Zamora….


    • Twinkletoes says:

      I left Texas a long time ago, but I’ve never let go of it in my heart. I can’t speak for God, but everyone can observe some of the good things that are happening in spite of and because of this tragedy. Much loss, grief, and pain for the people there. But they have become heroes to the rest of the world as we observe their love and faith. They are truly a light shining on a hill, illuminating the best way to live for anyone who watches. And I believe that in many ways none of us can imagine at the moment, God will reward each one of them for their faith and their example of great, good, hearts full of love. God bless Texas!!!

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  28. joshua says:

    ‘“They can’t wipe us out, they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever pa, ‘cause we’re the people”
    Steinbeck.Grapes of Wrath


  29. shallbe4 says:

    I am proud of the 2 ladies who met Trump yesterday at the shelter and told him that they didn’t like him before they met him but once they did they found him to be a wonderful guy. That is a comment I think our President will be proud of.


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