Houston’s police chief says the homes of nearly 400 of his officers were destroyed or damaged by Harvey, but they stayed on duty during the storm. One officer, Bert Ramon, helped to save more than 1,000 people, even though he was fighting stage 4 colon cancer.

Ramon was determined that cancer should not hold back him from doing what was necessary. “God answered my prayer. It came out of this flood. I hope I can inspire other cancer patients that you know don’t let this hold you back. If you feel strong, don’t let it take over your life at all.”He says that “it never crossed my mind at all” that going out into the flood might be a bad idea.