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    How a Houston Teacher Stumbled Into the Cajun Navy

    She just wanted to listen. But after downloading a walkie-talkie app, Texan Holly Hartman found herself drafted into the Cajun Navy. For 34 hours as Hurricane Harvey raged, she was an amateur emergency dispatcher, consoling and advising a stream of victims in dire situations: a family trapped in their attic, a woman seeking rescue for her elderly father, a mother whose son had been electrocuted. Armed with two minutes’ training, the exhausted teacher guided volunteer boaters to people desperate for help, earning a new appreciation for what first responders face every day. 

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