Boy Who Led Kids to Safety in Hurricane Katrina Reunites With Man Who Helped Them
A 16-year-old has recalled how he led six children to safety when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
Ten years ago, a helicopter plucked De'Monte Love, then six years old, and the children from an apartment roof. They were dropped off in a distant field, but they were separated from their parents.
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Love became their leader and protector. His bravery and extraordinary maturity got national attention a decade ago.
Love returned to that same field with INSIDE EDITION. He’s now in tenth grade and back living in New Orleans.
“I was out there carrying my little brother in my arms, and the rest of the children were just following me. It was like a little pack of us, just walking, wandering the streets,” he recounted.
It took four days for Love and his six little buddies to be reunited with their families. During that time, a man named Derrick Robertson took it upon himself to make sure Love and the others were kept safe.
After all these years, INSIDE EDITION reunited Robertson with Love.
“He’s just a special kid," Robertson said. "There’s going to be a lot of kids that you meet and in those circumstances, it could have gone an entirely different way. But he was strong and resilient."
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Robertson even had a present for Love, who wants to be a professional sax player: a brand-new saxophone.
Love said he can't believe 10 years have gone by since Katrina. But the little guy the world once knew as a hero said he will never forget the hurricane that changed America.
A fundraising page has been launched to start a college fund for De'Monte Love and his siblings. For more information, visit the Gofundme page.
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