Although Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did everything within his power to prepare his state for Hurricane Ian, the storm proved itself to be a titan of mother nature as it tore through the sunshine state with ease. Destroying property, crushing homes, and, sadly, taking lives, the hurricane raged over the course of a few days. And during that time, the United States Coast Guard worked tirelessly to save every life they could. For one Coast Guard swimmer, his heroics led to being thanked by Joe Biden himself. While Biden shared his gratitude, the Democrat had no idea that the service member was getting kicked out due to the COVID-19 drug mandate enforced by the Biden administration.
For Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch, his training kicked in when they received a call of a couple trapped in their bedroom due to the surging water in the area. With the helicopter hovering overhead, Loesch was able to get to the couple by kicking through the way. The woman, confined to a wheelchair, took careful consideration, but in the end, Loesch not only saved their lives but numerous pets in the area as well.
According to a White House readout, “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hooper and Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch to personally thank them for the heroic work that they and their Coast Guard colleagues have performed during search and rescue operations in response to Hurricane Ian. The President thanked them for saving lives and asked for a report on the work that continues to rescue Floridians. He also asked if they needed any additional support that he can provide to accelerate successful rescues; they indicated they have gotten what they need to execute their vital mission.”
After the conversation with Joe Biden, Loesch revealed to reporters that he was going to be discharged soon due to not getting the COVID-19 drug. He admitted, ‘If I had asked any of the people I saved yesterday if they wanted to come with me even though I am unvaccinated, every single one of them would have said ‘yes.'”
Having the chance to speak with Joe Biden, Loesch still expressed his thanks for the moment and noted he didn’t ask about the COVID-19 mandate due to it not being appropriate for the time. He added, “It just sucks that he thanked me, yet the vaccine mandate is what’s kicking me out. I just love my job, and I’m really good at it. It sucks. I feel like this is the job that I was born to do.”
Service members who don’t get the COVID-19 jab often receive a general discharge, which allows them to receive their benefits and rejoin at a later date if eligible.
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