Powerful Video: Mayflower man carries injured girl to safety

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (CBS) -- A Mayflower man stepped up to help find those missing and injured in Mayflower just after the tornado struck, including saving the life of a 4-year-old girl.

Nick Naylor helped rescued people in Mayflower including the little girl who was thrown at least 50 feet from her home.

Naylor carried the gravely injured 4-year-old Grace in his arms, repeatedly telling her, "Keep your eyes on me, you hear me? Lord, you're gonna take care of this child, I know you are. Because we put our faith in you, God."

Naylor put her inside a sheriff's truck, which then drove off to find paramedics. Naylor describes seeing Grace that way saying, "It's devastating, to see a young child like that. I've got five of my own and that's all I could think about. My only boy plays with her, just about every day, in that yard that she was laying in. I don't want to have to look into a little child's eyes and see her hurting like that."

When CBS News caught up with Naylor again, he was out searching for more tornado victims.

Naylor is not a rescue worker, he does flooring. But he was one of dozens of residents who teamed up with first responders to help their ailing neighbors.

Life and death hinged on quick thinking and improvisation. Pickup trucks were used as ambulances; anything flat served as a stretcher. Naylor said, "I knew they had to be helped, and I knew they were friends of mine. And some of them I didn't know, but it didn't matter. It's a life."

Naylor helped rescue about half a dozen people Sunday night, none more precious than little Grace. Naylor said, "They said that she will be in a body cast from her chest down for a while. (But) she is alive. That little girl is strong. Let me tell you, God had his hands on her."

Naylor survived the storm by hiding out in a storm shelter that was built by his grandfather.


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