Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Johnson, a veteran of the Iraq War and a father of four, carried two young children out of flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey. A picture of the rescue quickly went viral.

Johnson carried the children out of the house after a woman waved him down and asked for his help.

“I made a couple of jokes in reference to swimming and things of that nature,” he said, explaining the different ways he tried to take their minds off of the waist-deep waters.

But when he said the family tried to thank him, Johnson replied, “This is my job; it’s not something that I need to be thanked for.”

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