LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A picture of an Angelina County game warden praying with a flood victim in Newton County is getting a lot of attention on Facebook.
The picture, which was posted around 11 p.m. Wednesday, shows Angelina County Game Warden James Barge standing with a local resident. As of 9:25 p.m., the post had been shared 27,813 times. In the post, Barge said he was getting his boat prepared to go out on patrol when a local resident approached him.
"He asked if he could get back into his home yet, and I had to tell him no," Barge wrote in his post. "He is broken-hearted and said that this was the second time that he had lost everything. He also said that the only thing that he had left to lose was his daughters. He is living in his truck but he didn't ask for a handout and asked for work instead."
Six days ago, Newton County residents were urged to evacuate due to flooding concerns from record rainfall and a rising Sabine River. According to Emergency Management Coordinator Billy Ted Smith, 500- 700 homes were flooded. The Toledo Bend area in Newton County is set to crest anywhere between late Monday to Tuesday.
"In the middle of town in Deweyville there is probably 5-6 feet of water," Barge said. "There are people down there are not only physically hurting but their spiritually hurting and physically hurting and everybody down there needs prayer right now."
The picture was taken by another law enforcement officer and later sent to Barge.
"It wasn't just me," Barge said. "It was the game warden that took my picture. It's all the 20,000 plus people that have liked the post that get it in front of the people that have these jobs. I ask you to do what I've already done for him and all the other folks in the area. Pray for him and the others just like him. He says he was raised in the church, but his faith is sure getting weak. I can't imagine what these folks are going through."
Barge said he has received numerous job offers for the gentlemen.
"They are coming in from as far as North Dakota and as close as Beaumont and Jasper," Barge said. "I really do feel like we have made a difference in this man's life. Sometimes we help people in emergency situations and sometimes we help people in heart situations."