Find Katrina Girl [VIDEO]
ABC News reported this story about an Air Force veteran trying to reconnect with a special girl he rescued during Hurricane Katrina. Ten years later, Michael Maroney is asking the internet to help track her down. The hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has gone viral and is his best chance at finding the little girl who gave him a big hug.
"When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. Everything in the world just stopped, and I wasn’t in New Orleans or in the devastation, I was just being hugged by a beautiful little girl."
Maroney rescued the little girl and her family from a flooded street. He lifted the little girl in his helicopter, and she kept smiling through the whole ride. She seemed very enthusiastic about the ride.
"I’ve seen a lot of destruction in my time, and New Orleans was intense, but for this girl to be happy, smiling and resilient despite the devastation was such a powerful moment,” he said. "To be that strong, man, I swear that girl could rule the world."
Maroney never got the chance to ask the little girl's name. "I’ve thought about her and her family every day,” he said, adding he started looking for her five years ago. "I just want to let her know how much she's inspired me and to see how she’s doing."