Police officer battling cancer rescues hundreds of Hurricane Harvey flood victims

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A police officer who is battling cancer has helped to rescue hundreds of people from devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. 

Nobert Ramon, 55, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic colon cancer and has been with the Houston Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement division for 24 years.

His wife Cindy Ramon said his cancer was the “furthest thing from his mind” and that he had been helping to rescue people affected by the flooding “non-stop” in the city since Sunday. 

She told Fox News: “By Sunday morning when he woke up, there was so much rain and standing water that he could not go to his regular duty in downtown Houston.”

Mrs Ramon said her husband followed protocol and notified his sergeant before setting out to report to the nearest patrol unit – Houston Lake Patrol.

She added: “From then it was a madhouse. They started going out rescuing people in all parts of Houston. That’s where it started from and it’s been non-stop.”

Mrs Ramon said her husband was put on desk duty three weeks ago out of concern for his health but decided to go and help rescue 1,500 people from the floodwaters.

“He’s been so caught up in the emotions and the excitement of trying to rescue people, he had no time to even think about it,” she added.

“You wouldn’t even think he had cancer, he’s plugging along like he doesn’t.”

Donald Trump praises Texas’ Emergency Services in wake of Hurricane Harvey

He is receiving chemotherapy every two weeks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his wife said.

US President Donald Trump was due to visit Texas again on Saturday. 

The White House said Mr Trump will meet with survivors of the storm in severely flooded Houston, which is home to 6.8 million people, before moving onto Lake Charles in Louisiana.

Harvey – one of the costliest storms ever to hit the US – reached land last weekend as a category four hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm. 

The storm has left at least 47 people dead and tens of thousands in shelters.


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