Monday, September 05, 2005

While FEMA waited, and GWB waited, and the NG hunted people, a hero came up to the plate, and his name was Deamonte Love

He Held Their Lives in His Tiny Hands
By Ellen Barry Times Staff Writer
September 5, 2005 BATON ROUGE, La. — In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard, this group of refugees 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, who wore colorful barrettes on the ends of her braids, had her 14-month-old brother in tow.
The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he told rescuers his name was Deamonte Love.Thousands of human stories have flown past relief workers in the last week, but few have touched them as much as the seven children who were found wandering together Thursday at an evacuation point in downtown New Orleans. In the Baton Rouge headquarters of the rescue operation, paramedics tried to coax their names out of them; nurses who examined them stayed up that night, brooding.....
..........He said that the 5-month-old was his brother, Darynael, and that two others were his cousins, Tyreek and Zoria. The other three lived in his apartment building.

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