September 8, 2005


Amid the desolation, a day of thanks (Thomas Farragher, September 5, 2005, Boston Globe)

Lieutenant Julie Wilson, who joined the department 25 years ago, said that for three days after the storm, she was unsure where her 11-year-old son was. She and her husband, also a police officer, remained at their posts.

''My son told me he thought we both died," she said. ''Once I knew my son was safe, I could go on."

Wilson said she attended church services in Baton Rouge on Saturday night, returning with a bottle of holy water. She said she was not surprised when many hardened police veterans blessed themselves with it.

While some shook their fists in anger and others sought the solace of their spirituality, many said Katrina's fury was a reminder that life below sea level on the edge of a mighty river and a huge lake can be treacherous.

''It was an awesome force of nature," said Paul Caporusso, 56, who lives in nearby Kenner and rode out the storm with a friend in the French Quarter. ''And it shows that if anyone had any delusions that we're in control in this life, they should just be slapped silly."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 8, 2005 12:00 AM
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