Heroism in Norway
Then, several of them told him that a policeman had shot at them. He focused on the matter at hand — promising those whom he could not accommodate that he would return soon, then motoring toward the mainland, about a half mile away. There, dozens of ambulances were lined up along the shore to receive them.
“I think I made three trips,” he said.
“They were so grateful. These youngsters, they said, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.’ One girl started crying.” He tried to keep her from causing others to panic. “We have to have an agreement,” he told his passengers. “We should keep quiet until we get out of here.”
He knew he’d placed himself in a vulnerable position. But the danger didn’t deter him.
“I realized that me sitting there in the boat with my red helmet and yellow jacket would be a perfect target,” he recalled. “I thought, well, we are here and we have some things to do and I am happy that we managed to get so many of the youngsters.”