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Video: Samaritans Rescue Elderly Man Stranded During Surging Floods from Hurricane

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God can bring such good news out of terrible times!

That truth demonstrates itself again in stories of kindness and heroism emerging in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Who would imagine that an elderly man would find help and rescue from a group of young men who describe themselves on Instagram as “Just 5 cowboys going through a phase.”

The Collier County Cowboys saved the man from his vehicle in Bonita Springs moments before it was submerged in floodwaters. They appeared on Fox News and explained why they were risking their lives during the storm.

Two of the cowboys, Lemi Gavra and Benny Cociuba, spoke with “Fox and Friends” host Pete Hegseth.

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“We noticed that no one was out there covering it. So we went all the way to the beach and we noticed that the surge and hurricane was picking up quite a bit.”

It was then they spotted the man struggling to escape his vehicle.

“He maybe had a few minutes. He was an older gentleman. He couldn’t push the door open. It took us about 10 minutes, and we were able to get to him before it was too late,” Gavra said.

He added, “So, everyone’s got a guardian angel. I think we were that for him.”

NBC News posted more footage of the dramatic rescue. The wind can be heard in full force on the footage. Viewers responded with respect for the Good Samaritans.

“The men rescuing this older gentleman are heros (sic).”

“Kindness, decency and bravery at its best. Well done to these men. They for sure saved a life.”

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“It’s moments like these that make you hopeful for our society.”

According to Fox Weather, “Ian came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane near Cayo Costa in Lee County just after 3 p.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center, knocking out power to over 2 million customers across Florida and triggering dozens of similar water rescues in the southwestern part of the state.”

Benny stated to the reporter that the man appeared to be somewhat in shock so they didn’t want to let him go. They worked to assure him he wasn’t alone.

That’s what we all want in these times, don’t we? To know we’re not alone in life’s storms.

We’re all grateful for stories like these that remind us there are still wonderful, self-sacrificing men and women trying to be there for other people, and even, at times, the animals they love.

Prayers continue for those surviving the devastation of the storm.

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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.




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