NEW ORLEANS—After a decade from when the levees fell and four-fifths of the city was submerged, NBC newsman Brian Williams recalls a heroic time in his life. A time when he helped so many residents in the Lower Ninth Ward that they actually referred to him as “The Big Appeasy.”
“I remember rappelling from a helicopter into St. Bernard Parish,” said Williams. “All I had on me was my camelback, a headlamp and a swiss army knife. Think MacGyver, but more made up.”
NBC had sent Williams to report on the gross government negligence that was resulting in thousands of lives being lost and completely ruined. Having been to many war-torn countries, Williams had an idea of what to expect. However, it wasn’t enough.
“It was unfathomable in some ways. It was tragic. But it was missing something. It was missing me.”
Williams didn’t just file reports and interview locals, he actually saved 237 lives*.
“Yep, I did that,” said Williams. “I also fought against looting, helped revitalize several schools and am currently working with doctors and hospital administrators to reshape their healthcare system.”
“But I’m doing more. I can’t wait to reveal it later this week on a new comedy routine Jimmy Fallon and I are doing on The Tonight Show.”
*Source: Brian Williams