As Hurricane-cum-Tropical Storm Harvey left thousands in southern Texas fighting high water and damaged or destroyed buildings, a photo of a police officer passed out from exhaustion has emerged, illustrating the overtime many are working to rescue those in need.
Reddit user colby979 posted a photo of a deputy sheriff sitting on the floor asleep with his head on his chest.
“This policeman worked countless hours helping victims of Hurricane Harvey until he passed out from exhaustion,” the caption on the photo reads.
In 13 hours, the post received 130,000 up votes and over 3,300 comments.
Commenters on the photo who say they know people in law enforcement shared similar stories of exhaustion.
“My son is a deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 5 (Houston). He just got off a 26-hour shift and was told to go home and rest but he is on call. It is mayhem out there,” one reddit user wrote. “Those guys work so hard. It is not an easy area to work especially under these circumstances but they do a great job.”
The deputy, Robert Goerlitz, has been with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since 1990, according to his LinkedIn page.
One user, who said she had known Goerlitz for about 10 years, said he was a hard worker and “puts so much of his life into his job.”
There is apparently an overwhelming amount of work for deputies like him in Harris County right now.
The department posted a notice on its Facebook page asking people not to make unnecessary calls to 911 because the call lines are so backed up.
“If you need immediate emergency service, you might experience several rings to 9-1-1 for several minutes,” it reads. “Please do not call 9-1-1 to report the same emergency. … Doing so is flooding emergency lines and causing extended wait times for callers.”
At least five people have been confirmed dead from the disaster and thousands of residents have been displaced or are waiting to be rescued from flooded homes.
The National Weather Service has predicted up to another 20 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the state.
Commenters on the photo expressed appreciation for how hard emergency services in Texas are working right now and several said they hoped they would get recognition for all their hard work.
“Thank you to all the men and women out there who are currently risking their lives to save others.”
“Harris County sheriffs are working wonders right now. Great job guys.”
“That’s an awesome man right there!!! Cheers to you sir! Thank you for your honor and courage!!!”