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Father and son duo rescue 120 people in 12 hours during Hurricane Isaac

The pair lost their home to the rains, plucked family of five off of trailer roof

By Ryan Grenoble
The Huffington Post

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — Jesse Shaffer III lost his home in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, when heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac surged through the levee that protected their town and left thousands of residents stranded.

Determined not to helplessly sit back, reports ABC, Shaffer and his son, James Shaffer IV, each grabbed boats and set out to rescue their friends.

For the next 12 hours, while 80-mph winds, heavy rain, and rising floodwater conspired to make their lives difficult, the 53-year-old and his 25-year-old son rescued 120 people.

Full story: Hurricane Isaac Heroes: Father-Son Team Rescue 120 People In 12 Hours

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Tom Webster Tom Webster Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:27:12 PM They are two REAL heroes.... They came out and helped people when their own homes were threatened, but they chose to not even think about there own problems, and help save alot of people!
Marta Elena Doughty Marta Elena Doughty Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:32:10 PM True heroes! Way to go guys!
Cindy Decuir Cindy Decuir Friday, August 31, 2012 6:40:28 AM God bless you guys!
Rene' Ferguson Rene' Ferguson Friday, August 31, 2012 8:41:50 AM What great guys! They are heroes!
Don Lirette Don Lirette Friday, August 31, 2012 8:44:42 PM Great Work! God bless you for your efforts! You are truely heroes!
Sue Birou Sue Birou Friday, August 31, 2012 10:30:30 PM This is so awesome! God bless them! Thanks for posted Cindy. We are not getting all of the news from plaquemines out here in Walker.

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