Woman Rescued From Washington D.C. Floodwaters by Bus Full of Marines

“This is the most American thing ever.”

Virginia Waller-Torres was stranded in her car outside of Arlington National Cemetery during a flash flood on Sept. 16 in Washington D.C. A bus filled with Marines pulled over and six men waded through the knee-high floodwaters to help the woman. She recorded the rescue and posted it on TikTok.

“Marine power!” Waller-Torres can be heard saying in the video as the Marines approach her vehicle. “This is the most American thing ever.”

“If there’s anyone who’s going to help these people, it’d be us,” Cpl. Mitchell Wojtowicz, one of the Marines, told FOX5 DC. “We were the right ones for the job and hopped out without hesitation.”

“We figured it would be a good ideato just lend a helping hand and help out our fellow American,” Cpl. Jared Tosner told the station.

Waller-Torres said that the rescue impacted her emotionally because her grandfather, who was buried at Arlington, was a World War II veteran, and her father served with the Navy during the Persian Gulf War.

“It was something so different. It was something that I can’t explain in words,” she said, as she thanked the Marines. “I am so grateful.”

“And if people just reciprocate that, and do good unto others, I think our country is headed in a good direction,” Tosner said.

Image source: USA Today