Heroes of Harvey Just do it
For 15-year-old Kingwood teenager Brayden Moseley, there was no time to think — only do.
The night before the worst of Hurricane Harvey hit, Moseley received a late-night call from one of the mentors from his church asking if he could use the teenager’s fishing boat to help rescue families whose homes were flooding. “Well,” said Moseley, “am I gonna be invited?”
After getting the thumbs up from his parents, Moseley picked up his mentor and went out toward Beltway 8 to see who needed help. After six hours, they managed to help rescue 15 families.
The experience took an emotional toll on Moseley.
“It was very heartbreaking and tough to watch all those people come out,” Moseley said of the expedition. But that wasn’t the end of Moseley’s boat trips.
The next night he got a call at 4 a.m. from a friend in the Fosters Mills Village saying that his family was stuck inside their house. By the time Moseley arrived, they had already been rescued, but seeing there were other families in that area in need of help, he decided he would lend a hand.
The flooding was more severe this time, with Coast Guard helicopters flying overhead and airboats coming through. Overall, it was a much more chaotic scene.
“There were a lot of people that were looking at me like I’m crazy because I’m a 15-year-old boy and I’m out there saving people,” Moseley said.
After saving about 20 families and spending close to eight hours out on his boat, Moseley headed back home with a heavy heart.
“Those two nights I went home and cried myself to sleep thinking about the saved people, but there’s still thousands of people out there and I can’t do anything about it,” he said.
The experience has given him a new, grateful view of life. He knows that he’s lucky enough to have more than most and has continued to dedicate himself to helping someone every day, whether it be tutoring kids after school or doing service projects with his church.
When asked why he chose to set out into the storm those two nights, Moseley puts it simply.
“You wake up, you know that your entire town is flooded, you have a boat, you use it,” Moseley said. “You don’t think, you just do.”