Compliments of ABC
Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, flood water is up to your eyes and you’re pushing an air mattress behind an apartment building. You’re pushing through water and debris, staying calm, trying to rescue families screaming for help and also you’re 13 years old.
13-year-old Virgil Smith rescued 17 of his neighbors during Hurricane Harvey.
When flood waters poured into his apartment complex in Dickinson, he and his mom, Lisa Wallace, took shelter at a stranger’s second floor apartment.
Virgil says he got a call from his friend in another building.
“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.