Friday, June 13, 2008
My hero and close friend, Laurie Haldeman, saved a 95-year-old man by calling for help when she discovered him trapped by flood waters on the second floor of his home in the Edgewood area of Cedar Rapids yesterday. He had refused to leave during the mandatory evacuation order issued Tuesday. She told me she couldn't sleep Wednesday night and went to check on him Thursday morning when she discovered water filling the first floor of his home. The water, rising fast, required rescuers to arrive with a boat to remove the man with his miniature poodle. What onlookers did not know is that Laurie suffers from severe disc/nerve damage in her middle back which causes her unspeakable pain, yet she cared enough about another human being to get him help during this catastrophic flood occuring in Iowa.