Ellen: Father and Son Rescue Hurricane Isaac Victims In New Orleans

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Ellen: Hurricane Isaac Victims To The Rescue

Ellen: Father and Son Rescue Hurricane Isaac Victims In New Orleans

Ellen talked with Jesse and Jesse Shaffer, Jr., a father and son who rescued Hurricane Isaac victims in New Orleans on a boat.

Hurricane Isaac destroyed 13,000 homes in Ellen’s hometown of New Orleans. In the middle of the storm, a father and son who had lost their home and everything in it decided to not focus on themselves, but to risk their lives and help their friends and neighbors stranded by the flood waters. Ellen said she loves talking to people that do things for others and these guys definitely went above and beyond. Jesse Shaffer and his son Jesse Jr. joined Ellen over Skype.

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Ellen: Rescuers Use Boat To Save People

Ellen said they lost everything and they were trying to figure out how they could keep their head above water, but they get this boat and help others out. Jesse said a friend of his had the boat and they took it. Ellen said there were 100 mph winds and they go out looking for people, but they also rescued dogs and cats. Jesse Jr. said each family had a cat or a dog and they took them with them just like they were part of the family. Ellen said good for them and a lot of people wouldn’t have been able to do anything for themselves, but much less for their pets. Jesse said they split up, but they each rescued around 60 people.

Ellen: Son Stays Behind To Make Room On Boat

During a rescue, there was not enough room on the boat so Jesse Jr. waited on the roof of the house and let the person on the boat and waited for the boat to come back and get him. He said it was a house of ten people and eight of them were elderly, so he let them have his spot and he stayed behind on the roof in the middle of the hurricane.

Ellen: Rent Giveaway

In honor of their heroic acts,  Apartments.com gave Jesse and Jesse, Jr. $20,000 for a year’s worth of rent and Ellen gave them tickets to her 12 Days of Giveaways show.

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