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Welcome to the Books of Excellence: Heroes of Katrina blog radio show: The Wives of Katrina When Katrina’s ravages struck, many firefighters were deployed to assist the city in the first rescue efforts. These men in many cases were not aware of where their families had ended in the chaos of evacuation. For many weeks went by before contact was made. This show features Shana Fincher, the wife of Capt. Joe Fincher. Many days past before Shana heard from Joe or knew his fate. Shana will revisit the emotions and concerns that enveloped her family through those trying times. The following several weeks after Katrina as the FEMA Volunteer firefighters went through their registration process prior to Katrina, many families watched their men and women commit the next months and years to helping the folks in the afflicted areas. Another wife of Katrina was Rena O’Neill. Rena’s Jim O’Neill was a commander for a FEMA task group. Jim’s deployment stretched into to several years. Rena will share her thoughts and feelings as a wife at home as her husband did his duty as a firefighter doing what firefighters do…helping folks. Their creed…their mission…their passion. Author Cary Black recently released his epoch novel of American heroism called Katrina: A Freight Train Screamin’. The book tells the real story of the worst natural disaster to hit the United States. It chronicles the stories of the people who were on the ground savings lives, the people who were reaching out to rescue the millions of abandoned animals, and the people who survived and heroically came back, dug in, and rebuilt their lives from the chaos.