The 40th annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade will salute the Heroes of Harvey, beginning with our Grand Marshal Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.
During Harvey’s Floods Mack sent his big delivery trucks out to help rescue people and then opened his stores to evacuees, kept them fed, and let the sleep in his stores. After the storm he helped flood victims with no insurance replace their furniture. Mack was even recognized by the President for his efforts.
The parade will also feature area first responders and the equipment they used to rescue people trapped by flood waters, including boats and high-profile vehicles. There will also be other first responder vehicles such as fire trucks and various law enforcement vehicles.
First responders in north Harris County rescued thousands of people, and civilians with boats stepped in to help as well.
In addition, Cypress Creek EMS Medics navigated around flood waters to reach more than 800 patients who called 9-1-1 and then get them to a hospital. The calls included heart attacks and babies who were not waiting until after the floods to be born.
The CCEMS Comm Center answered more than 12,000 calls representing more than 5,400 incidents, most of them water rescues.
The Heroes of Harvey appearing in the parade are:
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office
Champions Fire Department
Cy-Fair Fire Department
Cypress Creek EMS
Cypress Creek Fire Department
Klein Fire Department
Little York Fire Department
Ponderosa Fire Department
Spring Fire Department
U.S. Coast Guard
Here are some pictures of area first responders in action during Harvey.