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A Boy Who Saved 17 Lives Gets a Big Surprise

Virgil Smith, 13, heroically trudged into the Hurricane Harvey flood waters with an air mattress to transport his stranded neighbors to safety.

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(11) Chavi Beck, January 19, 2018 2:33 AM

what a mom!

I am struck by the selflessness of Virgil's mom. After getting her kids to safety, knowing what was going on downstairs (flooded streets at 2am, water still rising, the electricity down, and did someone mention alligators??), she had the strength to let her son go out into danger because he could help others. I don't know that I would have the strength to do that. No surprise that she raised such a son! I hope to hear Virgil Johnson's name in the future.

(10) Pauline Rosenberg, January 9, 2018 6:05 PM

You go, Virgil! Extraordinary!

(9) shafi shamsi, January 9, 2018 4:47 PM

Jewish are brave

The Jewish people are most sagacious in the world brave and they survive wisely. Sometime i wish why not i belong a Jewish religion. Thank you Wish you all the best. I am keely watched your site.

(8) Linda, January 9, 2018 2:40 PM

Heart warming, wonderful and awesome.

With my greatest respects to this Young hero and the example he is providing to help this world become a better place for all

(7) Silky Pitterman, January 9, 2018 12:17 AM

What the world needs!

The world needs more people like Virgil! What a good person he is and what great parents he must have to have nurtured his innate goodness.
May the One Above always bless him and his achievements.

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