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Jeanerette family meets fireman who saved their lives during Barry

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jul 20, 2019

Robert Robertson, a father of three from Jeanerette, was swarmed by over 2,000 bees as he tried to save his wife's life during Hurricane Barry. A tree fell on their home and pinned her down as bees swarmed around them.

Robertson said he got help just in the nick of time from a firefighter who put forth all of his might to help lift the tree. KATC set up a reunion between the Robertsons and that fireman.

Tyus Gage was the heroic first responder who saved them.

"First thing, arriving on scene, it was complete chaos," said Gage.

"She was trapped with both arms trapped under two trees. Both trees had to be cut. They were then removed and she was pulled from under all the trash and all the debris that fell on top of her. So it was a bad, bad day."

The firefighter said "we just had to do what we had to do. We were excited, happy, just glad to know she was alright...knowing that they're alright is the best feeling ever."

Robert and Kendra Robertson met with the fireman who saved them, and it was an emotional meeting.

"You're going to go a long way," Robert Robertson told him, smiling.

The family stood together and thanked God for the blessings he had given them

Gage said to see the family is truly a blessing.

"God puts us in places that we are uncomfortable with, so we can do something that we may not be comfortable doing. But at times like that, we have to understand that we are not alone. And when we understand we're not alone, that's when we overcome all fears, all doubts, and anything that might block our minds to not do our jobs."

Robertson and Gage embraced again as Robertson told him he loved him.

"Anytime, that's why we're here," said Gage.

"It's a joyous feeling to see that this family is ok, alive and well."

The Robertsons are now on the road to recovery. Their home is destroyed and they have three children.

Donations can be dropped off at the Jeanerette Fire Station on Church St.

They also have a GoFundMe page for donations.