The best posts of the old Magnum Arts blog will be imported to the new format, and this post definitely qualifies. This is a feel-good post about strangers who came together to help a veteran, and it has a happy ending.
John Burki, known to his friends as Captain Jay, lives aboard the sail boat Promise, in Gulfport with his dog Dreamer. When Tropical Storm Debby blew through the state in 2013, Burki’s boat was driven onto the beach, its keel buried in sand. A former Navy SEAL, he is retired and has been living on the Promise for the past two years. He has no other home to go to.
Burki was in a bind: the town of Gulfport wanted the boat off the beach, and began issuing fines, but Burki could not afford to hire a company to move the boat off the beach. Gulfport gave Burki an ultimatum: it would chop up the boat and haul it away as scrap unless a way was found to move it.
So Steve Smith, a marine line-rigger, organized volunteers to push the boat off of the sand and anchor it in deeper water. I spent the whole day in the water with my Nikon D90, photographing the rescue operation, and captured some amazing images of total strangers coming together to help a veteran, bonding with one another in the process.
Captain Jay was in the hospital with a broken jaw, having been attacked two nights before by a felon with a long rap sheet. He saw the activity on the news from his hospital bed.
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- Anonymous said…
When negative stories seemed to inundate our lives, it is wonderful to see people come together to help a neighbor in need. God Bless everyone who assisted Captain Jay in saving his home. May the photos taken serve to inspire others to reach out to others in need. It has been said “a rising tide raises all boats.” I hope as we help our own neighbors we will somehow raise humanity as a whole. (August 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM )
- BLGilmore-Corcoran said…
What a fantastic and unselfish thing to do – BZ (Kudos) to everyone who was a part of this operation, which appears to have been well-planned out and well-implemented. How refreshing it is to see people pull together for a deserving cause. Everyone there can be proud of a job well-done!
(August 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM)
- Anonymous said…
Thank you to all that helped
August 4, 2012 at 7:09 PM