Yesterday Faithwire reported the miraculous rescue that took place over the weekend as floodwaters and tornadoes ravaged Texas. A father traveling with his wife and two young children was spared unimaginable grief after several Good Samaritans risked their own safety, braving rapid floodwaters to pull the family from their overturned truck.
After a five-minute cell phone video of the rescue went viral, curiosity about the two mystery men shown carrying the children to safety grew.
“I just want to hug those people who helped us,” the mother, Emily Ocheltree, told WFAA-TV.
Emily says it’s “by the grace of God” that the two men showed up Saturday and were able to open the doors to her family’s vehicle.
On Monday, Ocheltree and her husband, Phillip, had the chance to meet one of the heroes who performed CPR on their children: Jaime Martinez, a musician in North Texas, used to work as a firefighter in Guatemala. Despite the career change, Martinez told WFAA he never forgot his life-saving training.
“It just kicks in,” he told the local station.
In an emotional video captured by WFAA, Emily and Phillip Ocheltree can be seen meeting Martinez for the first time. The couple immediately embrace the kind stranger who cared enough to help their kids.
THE MOMENT #Canton parents met one of the men who saved their babies lives in violent weekend storms. pic.twitter.com/Fg3BTAL31X
— Hannah VanHuss Davis (@hannahdinhd) May 1, 2017
Family stuck in flooded truck meets hero who saved baby's life https://t.co/m6d0c9rhAg pic.twitter.com/m90Ri1Dcgc
— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8) May 1, 2017
Both Ocheltree children are doing well after receiving care from the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. According the WFAA, 4-month-old Marshal Ocheltree was released Monday. His toddler sister, Addy, is still being treated but is in stable condition.
“I’m just happy they’re okay,” Martinez said.
Other Must-Read Stories:
—Former Terrorist, Drug Trafficker-Turned-Pastor is Restoring Hope in Mexico
—“Give Them Breath, Lord!” Watch as Texans Frantically Cry Out to God During Dramatic Rescue of Two Trapped Babies
—Arkansas Death Row Inmate Gets Surprising Parting Gift From Victims’ Family
—Ivy League Theoretical Physicist Has a Strong Response for Those Who Say Science Disproves the Bible