HOUSTON—Nursing home workers rushed to take Belle Chasse residents to safety and got a little help from the governor of Louisiana.
Curtis Sylve was the soothing voice on evacuation day at the Riverbend Nursing home.
“We’re calm, we’re going to make them calm, if we get nervous, they’re going to get nervous,” he said.
He knew all the patients by name, and together, they have weathered many storms.
“We’re so used to going through crisis with the hurricanes,” he said.
The National Guard had to pull the residents out for Katrina. The threat of the rising Mississippi from Isaac had them leaving by ambulance and bus.
“The reason they’re moving is the projection is they could have 8 feet of water here, the levees are up to 8 feet but no one (wants) to take that chance,” he said.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal helped send them off, but also wanted to meet Sylve.
Sylve lost his house during Hurricane Katrina, but instead of dealing with his own problems, he went and helped the residents at the nursing home. He just lost his house during Hurricane Isaac, and again went to work to help.
His kindness and dedication have not gone unnoticed.
“Those are the kinds of amazing people we have in our state from first responders to health care workers doing everything they can to protect our people,” he said.
The residents of Riverbend were gone for six months after Katrina. Sylve said he hopes the mighty Mississippi will be a little kinder this time.