Transcript for Tornado Survivors 'Big Dog, and Little Dog' on Reunion
One of the most moving reunions was that of two neighbors first responder jim routen who ran straight to briarwood elementary school to help rescue kids from the rubble and there first grader hesakiah ran up to give him a hug. The two of them are good enough to join us. So great to see you and wonderful to be able to tell such an uplifting story with all that's gone on in the last couple of days there. Jim, tell us about your relationship to that little guy you're hugging right now. My favorite neighbors, joe and d and darbin. This is their son and he comes over and we throw basketballs and footballs around. It's just one of those -- he's kind of our part-time kid and he just has been my little partner. I hear he's your little dog. What's your nicknames? I call him little dog and he calls me big dog. That's his style. When you arrived, what did you see when you got to the school? When we got to the school, it was pretty much chaos and destruction, and people were just running in all directions trying to find their children. It was really a surreal event. I can only, only imagine. And hesakiah, when you came up and you saw your neighbor, big dog, what did you feel at that moment? Well, I was so happy that i saw him and I didn't know that he was coming. I thought my mom and dad were going to be the first ones. I didn't know that he was coming. Yeah,nd your mom and dad wanted to be there but they were so far away they couldn't get there in time, but big dog was there and what was that reunion like for you, jim? It was very special. Just when we came on the scene and to see everything, all the devastation and to -- I think i needed that hug as much as he did and he was -- he wasn't hurt. He wasn't scratched, bruises or anything like that, and just by the grace of god that they all made it out safe and we're very blessed. Well, amen to that and it was a hug seen around the world and a hug when we really needed to see it knowing what has happened there and, again, our hearts go out to the other elementary school. I know we're thinking of those families and just so glad everything worked out with you. So you keep hugging little dog there, jim and we appreciate you both joining us this morning. All the best. All the best going forward. You take care. Thank you.
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