A Houston police officer battling stage 4 colon cancer has helped to rescue hundreds from the floodwaters left behind by storm Harvey.
Norbert Ramon, that has been with the Houston Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement division for 24 years, received the call as the rain began to fall on Saturday.
“He went and they began preparing everything and that’s when the rain began in,” Cindy Ramon, the 55-year-old’s spouse, told Fox News. “By Sunday morning when he woke up, there was standing and rain water that he couldn’t go to his regular duty in downtown Houston. ”
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Ramon followed protocol and notified his sergeant, and then set out to report to the patrol unit, which was the Houston Lake Patrol.
“From then it was a madhouse,” Cindy said. “They began going out people in most parts of Houston. Where it started from that & rsquo; s and it’s been nonstop. ”
Cindy said Ramon’s cancer became the furthest thing from his mind. He was put on desk duty three weeks ago but as a part of the Lake Patrol he’s had a hand in helping to rescue 1,500 residents.
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“He’s been so caught up in the feelings and the excitement of trying to rescue people, he had no time” Cindy said. “You wouldn’t even believe he had cancers plugging along like he doesn’t.”
Ramon was scheduled to fly to Oklahoma on Wednesday, where he’s been receiving every 2 weeks at The Cancer Center of Tulsa. When he learned that his flight was canceled as a result of flood, he and Cindy piled into the car on Thursday for the almost nine-hour drive.
He picked the Tulsa place after seeking a second opinion, and Cindy said the service they have received during his remedies from the staff, and because the storm hit, was overwhelming.
“The folks actually reached out to me, they called us and said ‘Hey how are you guys doing, we’re seeing all the photos and we wanted to check up on you. ’”
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Cindy said she sent them a picture of Ramon from the water and that while they were worried for his health they called him a hero.
“It’s an emotional roller coaster,” Cindy said of the storm. “It’s mad, watching everyone struggle — people lose everything. ”
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