In southwest Florida, Hurricane Ian victims were saved by a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer, who received personal praise from President Joe Biden. However, the Coast Guard hero claimed that as a result of Biden’s directive mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for the U.S. military, he is about to be dismissed.
Areas that Hurricane Ian had devastated on Thursday could only be reached by plane. From the air station in Clearwater, Florida, members of the Coast Guard flew to the coastal regions that the Category 4 hurricane had wrecked.
The teams spent more than eight hours venturing into Naples and Fort Myers’ hurricane-damaged neighborhoods, where they were able to save 15 individuals and also several animals.
Zach Loesch, a second-class aviation survival technician , and rescue swimmer is one of the Coast Guard’s heroes. According to reports, he broke through a wall to save a crippled woman and her husband trapped in their storm-damaged home.
According to Loesch, “I’m simply trying to smile, be pleasant, and show up to them as a light at the end of their sad day. Many of them are in severe need of assistance and are despondent. Everything they knew is gone, and they might see their home one final time when they leave with us.”
Loesch received a personal commendation from President Biden for his gallantry in saving defenseless individuals who were stuck in southwest Florida.
“In addition to thanking him for all that he and his Coasties do to save lives, I told him how proud I was of him,” according to Biden.
The White House noted, “The President congratulated them for saving lives and requested an update on the ongoing rescue efforts for Floridians. He also asked if they required any more assistance that he might offer to speed up successful rescues; they replied that they had everything they needed to successfully complete their crucial job.”
Loesch, however, is apparently one of the committed federal workers who are losing their jobs as a result of the Biden administration’s requirement that all U.S. military personnel receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to reports, Loesch will be discharged from the Coast Guard in 30 to 60 days since he is not properly immunized against COVID-19.
Loesch claimed that his plea for a religious exemption was turned down. His appeal was likewise rejected.
According to reports, Loesch told Kristina Wong, “Every single one of the individuals I helped yesterday would have responded “yes” if I had asked them if they would like to come with me despite the fact that I am not immunized. It’s just disappointing that he praised me yet is ejecting me due to his vaccination need.”
Republican lawmakers opposed Biden’s requirement for injections.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) of Tennessee declared, “COVID is over, as stated by Joe Biden. He continues to fire our heroic military personnel, like Zach Loesch of the Coast Guard’s Rescue Swim Team. In order to save an elderly couple who were stranded by Hurricane Ian, Zach punched through a wall.”
Biden announced that the COVID-19 “pandemic is over” last month.
According to Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Florida), “If the Biden Administration doesn’t change its position, this will severely hinder our capacity to successfully respond to the next major disaster. Not fewer, but more service people like Zach Loesch who risk their lives to help others are what we need. Additionally, it will be very challenging to find replacements for these talents given the current military recruiting crisis.”