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A strong contender for hero of the week has arrived in the form of an ABC news reporter who interrupted her live stream broadcast in order to help save a dog from the Hurricane Florence flooding. Because not all heroes wear capes.
As the storm continued to bring floodwaters to the Carolinas on Friday, WTVD's Julie Wilson was streaming a report on Facebook Live in New Bern while speaking to those affected by the flooding and working alongside boat crews as they attempted to rescue local residents.
It's during this shoot that Julie noticed a woman named Tasha trying to save a Rottweiler from the knee-deep water.
"Do you think that is safe?" asked the reporter.
"It's my daughter's therapy dog. I have no choice," replied Tasha.
ABC News reports that as the woman went to recover her dog, Julie continued to discuss her surroundings. Once she saw Tasha was struggling, she leapt into action, handing her phone over so she could jump into the story herself and help rescue the injured dog called Daisy.
That's a seriously good effort.
"You are OK, baby girl," said Julie as she carried the dog. "Nobody is leaving the dog in this mess, that's what we are doing out here." Tasha could be heard repeatedly thanking Julie for her help.
Following the incident, Julie explained what had happened and why she chose to jump into action: "That dog wasn't going to budge, it was just standing there. And quite frankly, [the woman] was just going to get hurt because she wasn't going to be able to lift that dog.
"That dog wasn't going to go, that dog wasn't going to walk. The only thing we could do was lift it up and get it out so she could get out before more people got hurt in that situation."
And it's that sort of proactive thinking that makes this reporter a true hero. Instead of waiting to be told what to do or telling Tasha she was making a huge mistake, she simply got stuck in herself and helped carry the dog to safety.
This is just one of the many acts of bravery that have unfolded during the course of Hurricane Florence, which was reclassified and downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday.
TO THE RESCUE: ABC station reporter interrupts live stream to rescue dog chest deep in the flooded streets of New Bern, North Carolina. After struggling to carry the big dog out at first, they all made it back to safety. https://t.co/lg5L9nNtmL pic.twitter.com/TXcva8LrUO- ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2018
Despite its power weakening, sadly it has claimed at least eleven lives at the time of writing as rain and flooding continues to accumulate.
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