Hurricane Harvey hero returns to Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you're looking for hope in humanity, you don't have to look much further than Mrs. Amy Mayer's classroom at Community Montessori School.

People like Kentucky native Zachary Dearing are celebrities in their eyes.

The former Lexington resident became a national hero after he step up to manage a Texas shelter where administrators never showed up in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Dearing stopped by the school Friday. It's the first time he's been back to Kentucky since the hurricane.

Students at the school in Lexington wrote Dearing words of encouragement and thanks, never expecting to get a reply, delivered in person no less.

"There came a point where you have to ask the wife of a hospice patient, who has extra oxygen, without the promise of receiving any in the morning, we're told we're going to get it but you don't know, will you volunteer your husband's oxygen to someone who is dying in the gym," Dearing told students.

He told that story to students on Friday, as he sat for an hour answering the questions that he could, leaving big life lessons with his biggest fans.

When asked if anybody ever doubted his leadership, Dearing answered, "I don't think so. No. When you have a team there is a difference between a leader and a boss. A boss points and tells you to do something. A leader leads from the front. I will do the same thing I'm asking you to do, and that's what I tried to do. Also, your voice is just as important as mine. I don't have all the answers."

"Harvey taught me a lot about perspective. What's important, what's not important, what seems impossible."

Dearing also told students he is considering writing a book about his experience.

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