Former ‘American Ninja Warrior’ contestant’s Houston rescue story goes viral

HOUSTON – Former “American Ninja Warrior” contestant Lisa Livingston Eicher was among those rescued in the Houston. Eicher, a mother of four, shared videos and photos of her family’s harrowing rescue on social media.

Her post has gone viral, with thousands sharing her story that highlights the remarkable resilience of her family and the first responders helping people move to higher ground.

Eicher wrote: “‘We’ve got two kids with Down syndrome, a three legged dog, and a pig. All of whom will be freaked out.’ I told the firefighter. “Perfect!” he replied.”

“No one anticipated the water would rise as fast and as ferociously as it did,” her post continues. “When they pulled up they screamed, ‘We have to get out now!’ We woke a still sleeping Ace and Archie, threw as much as we could in a garbage bag, and got out. (So excuse Sevy’s pantless wedgie butt). As they swam Penny the Pig out to the truck, one of the firemen said to me, ‘You better be getting this on video.’ I assured him I was. Comic relief was abundant.”

“We’ve got two kids with Down syndrome, a three legged dog, and a pig. All of whom will be freaked out.” I told the firefighter. “Perfect!” He replied. No one anticipated the water would rise as fast and as ferociously as it did. When they pulled up they screamed, “we have to get out now!” We woke a still sleeping Ace and Archie, threw as much as we could in a garbage bag, and got out. (So excuse Sevy’s pantless wedgie butt). As they swam Penny the Pig out to the truck, one of the firemen said to me, “you better be getting this on video..” I assured him I was. Comic relief was abundant. They dropped us off at a nearby, dry gas station and headed back out to rescue more. Joey had woken up in the middle of the night and drove our car to higher ground (🙌🏼) so a friend came and picked him up and they were able to get to it. The kids and I sat in the only spot safe from rain in front of the gas station and waited. The attendant came out and brought us all sandwiches and icees. A sweet man insisted I take twenty dollars to buy something for the kids. And a homeless couple brought us blankets. Wanting nothing in return. Countless people stopped to check on us and offer help. We don’t know what damage will be done to our house, we are worried. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of people. So many of you have offered to help, even offered to open your homes to us. Thank you. We are safe and sound at our good friends’ house. (Love you @rubysrainbow). My only regret is that I didn’t charge people for selfies with Penny the Pig at the gas station. 😉🐷 We are lucky. We are grateful. Lots of love. ❤️ #eichertribe #harvey

A post shared by Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba) on Aug 28, 2017 at 5:41pm PDT

“They dropped us off at a nearby, dry gas station and headed back out to rescue more. Joey had woken up in the middle of the night and drove our car to higher ground, so a friend came and picked him up and they were able to get to it.”

“The kids and I sat in the only spot safe from rain in front of the gas station and waited. The attendant came out and brought us all sandwiches and icees. A sweet man insisted I take $20 to buy something for the kids. And a homeless couple brought us blankets. Wanting nothing in return. Countless people stopped to check on us and offer help.”

“We don’t know what damage will be done to our house, we are worried. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of people. So many of you have offered to help, even offered to open your homes to us. Thank you.”

“We are safe and sound at our good friends’ house. … My only regret is that I didn’t charge people for selfies with Penny the Pig at the gas station. We are lucky. We are grateful. Lots of love.”

KPRC 2 reached out to the Eicher family for more information, and will bring you the latest on their story.

If you would like to help with the relief effort via the American Red Cross, donate here.

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