President Joe Biden personally congratulated a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer for saving lives of victims of Hurricane Ian in southwest Florida. However, the Coast Guard hero said he is about to be discharged because of Biden's mandatory COVID-19 vaccine order for the U.S. military.
On Thursday, there were areas ravaged by Hurricane Ian that were only accessible by aircraft. Coast Guard members flew to the coastal areas destroyed by the Category 4 hurricane from the air station in Clearwater, Florida.
For more than eight hours, the teams ventured into the hurricane-ravaged areas in Fort Myers and Naples – where they rescued 15 people and several pets.
One of the Coast Guard heroes is rescue swimmer and aviation survival technician second class Zach Loesch. He reportedly kicked through a wall to pull out a disabled woman and her husband – who were marooned in their storm-smashed home.
"I'm just trying to smile and be happy and show up to them as a light at the end of their dark day," Loesch told WFLA. "A lot of them are desperate and need help and in despair. Everything they know is gone, and when they’re leaving with us it may be the last time they see their house."
President Biden personally congratulated Loesch for his bravery in rescuing helpless people stranded in southwest Florida.
"I told him how proud of him I was and thanked him for all the work he and his Coasties are doing to save lives," Biden said.
The White House added, "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."
However, Loesch is reportedly one of the dedicated federal employees who are being discharged from their jobs over the Biden administration's mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for the U.S. military.
Loesch will reportedly be kicked out of the Coast Guard within 30 to 60 days for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Loesch said that he submitted a request for a religious exemption, but it was denied. His appeal was also denied.
Loesch allegedly told journalist Kristina Wong, "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.' It just sucks that he thanked me yet his vaccine mandate is what's kicking me out."
Republican lawmakers pushed back on Biden's mandatory shots.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) remarked, "Joe Biden said it himself — COVID is over. Yet, he is still firing our brave men and women who serve our nation, like Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Zach Loesch. Zach kicked through a wall to save an elderly couple trapped due to Hurricane Ian."
Last month, Biden declared that the COVID-19 "pandemic is over."
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) told the Daily Mail, "This will cripple our ability to effectively respond to the next natural disaster if the Biden Administration doesn’t reverse course. We need more service members like Zach Loesch who put their life on the line to save others - not less. And with the military’s current recruiting crisis, these skills will be extremely difficult to replace."
As of September 2022, there are 2,632 members of the Coast Guard who are not fully vaccinated.
Last month, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of approximately 1,200 Coast Guard members against the Biden administration for denying religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
You can watch some of the extraordinary rescue missions accomplished by the Coast Guard in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian below.
Hurricane Ian: Coast Guard releases video of incredible rescueswww.youtube.com