Collette Sulcer was a hero both at work and at home. As a nurse, she saved people's lives on a regular basis, and at home, she was a single mother to daughter Jordyn Grace.
In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, Collette chose to be a hero one last time. Her ultimate sacrifice ensured her daughter's safety.
Then, after tragedy struck, the internet stepped in to pick up where she left off.
As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on the residents of Texas, we're reminded both of the devastating effects of nature and the heroic nature of humans.
Although the natural disaster has taken a terrible toll, there have been many stories of heroes going out of their way to save others, encouraging us all to remember the good in people.
There is one such hero whose story is sure to touch your heart.
This is Collette Sulcer.
Collette is one of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. She was killed on Tuesday after trying to escape the flooding in her car. She was a nurse who worked at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur and her coworkers describe her as someone whose smile lit up the room.
Collette's daughter, Jordyn, was with her when she died.
Jordyn is 3 years old.
The pair had recently traveled to Houston so that Collette could attend a concert in the area. Collette had maintained contact with her friends back home throughout her trip, but on Tuesday, the texts and phone calls stopped.
Collette and Jordyn were both swept away by the floodwaters, but Collette made the heroic decision to risk her own life in order to save her daughter's.
Rescue crews saw a pink backpack floating in the water. When they went to retrieve it, they saw it was attached to Jordyn, who was in turn clinging to her mother’s body.
The little girl told a relative that “Mama was saying her prayers” as they were stuck in the “yucky water.”
Jordyn is now stable after being treated for hypothermia, but many people mourn for the loss of her mother.
Although the story was reported earlier in the week, it was only later that Collette's name was made public.
It’s impossible to hear this story and not be deeply affected by it.
Although many people were heartbroken at the tragic news of Collette’s death, there was one person who went above and beyond to ensure that Jordyn would be taken care of in the aftermath.
Someone very unexpected…