Air Force Times report: Master Sgt. hopes to find out what became of the little girl he helped rescue in Hurricane Katrina’s wake, caught in photo _lowres

Photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce/ U.S. Air Force -- Master Sgt. Mike Maroney rerceives an embrace from a little girl he helped rescue in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The little girl with a beaming smile, who heartily embraced Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Maroney in the aftermath of her rescue from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, has been on the pararescueman’s mind ten years out from the storm that submerged much of New Orleans.

Maroney said he never caught the little girl’s name who his rescue team air lifted away from the rooftops, along with six other of her family members. Within the misery and destruction he witnessed, he recalls that she touched his life during her brief embrace -- caught in a photograph -- as she and her family disembarked from the aircraft after touching down with the rescue team at the airport.

It was a moment that made everything worthwhile, Maroney said, who since left active duty and is now in the reserves.

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