You never forget kindness. Especially when it also saves your young life. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and killed nearly 2000 people.
3-year-old LaShay Brown was rescued during the storm by then-Air Force rescue jumper and Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney from her family's flooded New Orleans home.
Maroney, now out of the Service began looking for LaShay in 2015 to see how she was doing all these years later. He launched a social media campaign and eventually connected with her.
Now in 2017, her thank you to Maroney is to have him escort her to her own JROTC Ball. She signed up for the military after she was inspired by Maroney.
"I'm going because I would do anything to repay the hug to LaShay and her family. They mean as much to me as my own," Maroney said. "Your hug, it helped me through hard days, and rough days," Maroney said when the two first reunited. "You rescued me more than I rescued you."