Heroes emerge after rescuing woman from flood waters

Heroes emerge after rescuing woman from flood waters
Two cars with Jennette Franklin's possessions half under water. (Source: Jennette Franklin)
Two cars with Jennette Franklin's possessions half under water. (Source: Jennette Franklin)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When the flood waters were rising, one group emerged and helped rescue people and move flooded cars to higher ground. One woman shared her story, saying she's alive thanks to the "heroes" who helped her and her 12-year-old son.

Jennette Franklin started her Monday morning by pulling soaked items out of her car.

"The water had come all the way up to here (covering the hood), and when we opened the door, it just rushed into the door," said Franklin.

Franklin lost her husband Sunday, and that night she was on her way home from New Orleans on Burbank near Nicholson when her vehicle was half under water. Because she had just lost her husband, the cars were packed with things to move back to Baton Rouge.

Now, much of it is damaged in brown murky water that's still on the floorboard and the trunk with pictures of her husband and son she's trying to salvage. But more than the sentimental losses, Franklin is simply counting her blessings for being alive.

"They saved a lot of people last night. They saved a lot of people," said Franklin. "Heroes because without them, I don't know if any of us could have made it out of there the way we did."

Logan Jean along with some friends left their apartments nearby just to see the damage for themselves and sprung into action immediately.

"You can't just drive by people who are stuck in the road with their kids and wave like nothing's ever happened so we just got out and helped and did everything we could," said Jean.

Jean swam through the water to find Franklin's 12-year-old son's insulin, but Walk-On's Manager Bobby Malbrough didn't wait.

"I just thought of the most sugary thing we had with the bread pudding. I went and grabbed one and heat it up real fast, brought it out to him, wrapped him up, put a dry shirt on him and wrapped him up in some table clothes, the warmest thing we could find," said Malbrough.

Now, all she wanted to do was thank them personally, so WAFB helped track them down.

"You all have done a lot. Thank you and you never stopped saying that last night, 'Is there anything else we can do. Can I give you a ride home?' I could never repay you guys," Franklin told Jean.

"You didn't care that you didn't know who we were. You helped my entire family, all of us, including feeding my son who was diabetic. Thank you. Thank you," Franklin told Malbrough.

She gave both hugs that Jean and Malbrough said meant more than her using the words "Thank you."

"It meant a lot. It was hard to hold back tears because I know we did something that was very appreciative. It meant a lot to them," said Malbrough.

"It was really hard to hold back tears. You receive hugs everyday, you know, but how many mean something like that," said Jean.

Franklin refers to both men as "heroes," but neither call themselves a hero.

"I feel it was just an act of kindness, just doing what needed to be done. I don't know if heroes is the right word," said Malbrough. "I'm not going to close the door to anyone, close my heart, nothing. It just needed to be done."

"Basically the same thing. We were reacting upon what needed to happen. We didn't do it to be a hero. We did it to help out," said Jean. "I didn't do it for the publicity or the interviews. When something needs to be done, and there's no one else to do, you have to do it, and that's all it was about last night."

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