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Archive for July 28th, 2019

Four FBI Agents in Houston Area Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery for Efforts During Hurricane Harvey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four FBI agents on Friday were awarded the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for their rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that are credited with saving about 150 people in the Houston region.

The awards, given at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, went to FBI Agents David Ko, Jack Walker, Michael Walker and Justin Widup. Those honoring the agents included Texas Sen. John Cornyn. The hurricane caused $125 billion in damage in the Houston area and Southeast Texas.

“As flooding reached its peak, Houston Police officers called upon local FBI agents for help evacuating flooded apartments in the Greenspoint area,” a press release from Cornyn’s office said. “Working through the night into early morning, FBI Agents Ko, Walker, Walker, and Widup brought more than 100 citizens and police officers to safety.  Later that morning, they assisted approximately 30 Houston Police officers trapped in a heavily flooded police substation in Braeswood Place and approximately 20 Houstonians – including young children – in a nearby apartment complex surrounded by floodwater.”