Saturday, October 08, 2005

The voices suggested I stay

Joseph’s voices told him to stay in his flooded New Orleans home – and he did. For 10 days, he languished with limited food and water. A pararescue jumper and Air Force crew, acting on a tip from a family member, found Joseph in his home, huddled over a small candle flame.

Because he only communicates by writing, their exchange is captured in this note. (Joseph’s initial communication is at the bottom).

The story is compelling not only for the result, but for the compassion shown by all involved to save someone who was, at the time, unable to save himself.