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.

Comments (13)

(13) Anonymous, September 3, 2019 7:08 PM

To Virgil Smith, a true hero!

Thank you Virgil Smith for so many lives in your community during the hurricane. The world needs more people like you. May the love and caring you give to others come back to you thousandfold!

(12) boca mom, April 9, 2018 5:00 PM


What a wonderful young man, and his mother should be proud she raised a hero!

(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.

(6) Sharon, January 8, 2018 4:36 PM

what a huge heart!

Virgil you have a huge heart and a lot of courage. You will go far in this world! We need more folks like you!

(5) Karen Calloway, January 8, 2018 4:34 PM

So proud for you!

I've heard it said that the reward for doing a kindness- a mitzvah- is the chance to do it again. May you have a long and happy life, Virgil, so that you can spread your courage and kindness even farther.

(4) Dvorah, January 7, 2018 7:55 PM


Virgil you are strong courageous and humble... exactly what everyone should be...you are a shining star...may we all emulate your heroism and kindness

(3) Sandi, January 7, 2018 4:54 PM

a real human

You help us understand what it means to be "human".

(2) goldie, January 7, 2018 3:21 PM

Very special Virgil

you should only have loads and loads of happiness always!
It takes a great mom to have a special hero son.
G-d bless you!

(1) Rebecca, January 7, 2018 2:07 PM

Loved it!

Loved this video. Virgil, you are an amazing person of goodness. A true hero! May G-d continue to bless you!


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