One of the most hazardous rescues to make is one that involves floodwaters. The hydraulic power of currents is deceptively strong, while debris that they can sweep up—and the difficulty in assessing the risks and obstacles—can quickly turn a rescue into a dangerous situation for everyone involved.
That was the conflict faced by award-winning videographer Don Smith when he came across a puppy struggling to stay afloat in fast-moving floodwater in St. Louis one year.
Smith filmed the puppy as he tried to figure out what to do.
The waters were rising and getting more violent, and the Dallas-based reporter would have put both himself and the puppy at risk if he’d tried to jump in immediately.
Once he saw that the puppy was losing strength, though, he made a vital decision. Setting his camera down to film them both, he waded in himself—and luckily, the waters had slowed just enough to make it a safe rescue for all involved.
A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and a former TV anchor, Smith has seen it all. From the battlefield to the aftermath of disasters like the Mexico City Earthquake, he’s been involved in much bigger stories than a struggling puppy out in torrential waters.
As it’s clear to see, though, he doesn’t mind taking a risk for the little things, too (though any life is hardly a little thing). This is the epitome of good character!
Source: ©Facebook Video Screenshot | Don Smith