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31st August, 2005. The tourist saviour. Staff Sergeant Garland Ogden (rt) who saved tourists from 'Hell on earth.' with (mid) Anthony (Bud) Hopes and Spc Forest Vinson outside the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana where over 20,000 refugees from hurricane Katrina are crammed into hellish conditions. Bud Hopes, an Australian from Brisbane said, 'if it wasn't for Sgt Ogden's help we would never have made it out of the Superdome. It was hell in there. He has taken exceptional measures, above and beyond the call of duty, totally beyond the scope of his job, an exceptional man. He has the blessing of all the international tourists. it is incredible to think that so many of the armed forces here have lost their own homes and yet they are gathered here to help all these people. It is the most amazing thing I have seen ion all my life.'
Bud Hopes has become the 'leader' of the band of some 50 or so trapped tourists, caught up in the hell that is Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. Sgt Ogden said of Bud, 'if he was a soldier, he would have made an excellent general.'
Bud Hopes' parents can be contacted in Australia. Contact Diane and Eric Hopes on 011 617 492 65646
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