The news out of middle Tennessee continues to break our collective hearts after the death toll had risen to 25 by Wednesday evening and is expected to rise again with more than a dozen still reported as missing after severe storms and an EF-3 tornado tore through the Nashville area early Tuesday morning. But, with every tragic story, we are reminded of the goodness in people, the humanity. As Mr. Rogers famously once said, when bad things happen, we look for the helpers. One such helper in those crucial hours right after the storm was Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Fire Chief Jamie Luffman. He answered the call and was able to bring young Brock Maxwell to safety when he was surrounded by downed live power lines. They moment the pair got to safety was captured on video Brock’s mom posted to Facebook.
You can hear Brock’s family cheering him on, helping the young boy be brave in a very frightening situation. Later, ABC News reporter, Victor Oquendo, posted video to Twitter showing the two reuniting hours later.
WATCH: Fire Chief reunites with the 7–year-old boy he rescued during the tornado outbreak in Tennessee. Mt. Juliet Chief Jamie Luffman carried Brock to safety through some live wires. “We’re gonna build all this back,” Luffman said on @GMA pic.twitter.com/5mMMYlgmGr— Victor Oquendo (@VictorOquendo) March 4, 2020
Chief Luffman can be heard telling Brock, “I’m proud for you son. I’m glad we were here. Sorry that you had to go through this, but these things happen. It’s not what happens before, it’s what you do afterwards and we’re gonna build all this back.”
Brock’s Mama, Meagan also posted on her Facebook page that the school where she works has suffered severe damage as well. She states that her classroom “has no roof at all,” and she’s posted a link to a fundraiser to raise money to replace the school supplies teachers have lost at West Wilson Middle School.
If you would like to learn about more ways to help the people of middle Tennessee get back on their feet after this terrible tragedy, we have some suggestions.
WATCH: Deadly Tornadoes Strike Middle Tennessee Communities Overnight: Here’s How You Can Help
Deadly Tornadoes Strike Middle Tennessee Communities Overnight: Here’s How You Can Help
East Nashville took a direct hit from one tornado and it’s time to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.
As always, we are incredibly grateful for heroes like Chief Luffman and all of the first responders who took the call this week. We will continue to stand with the people of Tennessee as they move forward.