“Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friend.”

In the pantheon of American heroes, one of the highest places surely belongs to Ken Bellau.  If you missed his story in the Washington Post yesterday, here is the link to it.


Evert day for three weeks, he plied the flood waters of New Orleans alone, mostly at night, in a small boat, rescuing victims of Katrina.  Those he saved are estimated in the hundreds. Shot at, exhausted, lacking the barest of resources, aided only by his girl friend, later wife, Candy Johnson, who scoured the internet for cries of help and passed location information on to him, he persisted until the National Guard arrived.

Thank you God for Ken Bellau, and thank you Washington Post for bringing this story of true heroism to national attention.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 25-August-2015

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2 Responses to Heroism

  1. Eileen says:

    Thank you Ron for this brief insightful tribute — what a story. People like this exist and they are everywhere and it’s one of life’s great treasures when we encounter or discover them — and they don’t usually broadcast themselves, it’s up to us to tell their stories.

  2. But there is heroism that is also very quiet. Even a person constantly praying, weeping out of love for another….these people also exist–people who pray for loved ones. It is not the magnitude of the act, nor the difficulty, but the love with which it is done that pleases Jesus. (Paraphrase of St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of A Soul.)

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