Big gala with Helene Fischer: BILD honors the heroes of the flood of death!

Berlin – YOU are the heroes of the flood of death!

When the water masses buried entire villages and houses in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, they rushed to the disaster area to help. Although some of them lost everything themselves, they helped.

Every single helper is proof of everything that defines this country: humanity, solidarity, solidarity. Every helper is a hero.

The heroes of the flood

Although Bartek Zarebski is only 15 years old, he is a really big hero! The student from Altena (North Rhine-Westphalia) pulled a fireman out of the water and thus saved his life. Unfortunately, any help came too late for his stepfather. He drowned in the flood of death.

The former heavyweight boxer Axel Schulz (52) has great respect for Bartek’s heroism: “You are a hero to me. What you’ve done is incredible. I take my hat off to you! “

BILD fulfills a long-cherished wish for Bartek and gives him an e-scooter.

15-year-old Bartek saved the life of a firefighterPhoto: Stephan Schuetze

Btessan Klinker (42) from Altenahr (Rhineland-Palatinate) not only saved herself from her flooded house. The hotel employee suffering from cancer also took care of her friend Ingrid (83), who is in a wheelchair. She wandered through the flood area with her for five days, desperately looking for accommodation suitable for the disabled.

Wolfgang Bosbach (69, CDU) pays tribute to Btessan Klinker: “They show: When the need is greatest, the best aspects of people come to light.” Then he surprisingly gives her a ten-day vacation in Tuscany (Italy)!

Btessan lost her apartment and is still looking for accommodation in the Bonn area. But one thing is already certain: The Schüttflix company will cover the costs for the initial installation in the amount of 10,000 euros.

Btessan Klinker touched “Thank you very much, I would like to thank everyone who helped us privately.”

Almost 30 people owe their lives to him: Martial artist Hanan Janwa (24) from Altenahr (Rhineland-Palatinate), together with his brothers, not only brought his family to safety, but also all of his neighbors. Once in the car, he drove them all up a mountain. “I’m not a hero, I just did what had to be done,” says Hanan.

Ex-Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (61, SPD): “I don’t know if there is anything more courageous than risking your life for others. Not to ask who is responsible, but to do what is necessary, is a courageous motto in life. ”For his courage, Schüttflix pays him the rent for an emergency generator for a month.

Hanan reacts modestly: “I’m not a hero, I only did what was necessary. I’m speechless, thank you very much. ”

Actually, Norman Wirbel (42) builds houses with his 30 employees. Now the building contractor is helping flood victims in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler to empty their flooded houses.

With his help, the building contractor goes to his own limits: “1000 people call a day. You already have phone calls that get to the bottom of your life – when people call and say: ‘We can no longer we have nothing more.’ “

Schlager star Florian Silbereisen (39) honors Wirbel’s passion: “Dear Mr. Wirbel: For me and many others you are a real hero.”

In Ahrweiler, the building contractor has even organized a party for the helpers. So that you can forget the noise of the clearance work and the hum of the generators over a beer – BILD donates beer and food for 100 people.

Norman Wirbel reacts with the cool head that has carried him through the crisis: “What can you say about it, you are touched, everything is good.”

His tractor hasn’t stood still for more than a week. Farmer Markus Wipperfürth (47) and other colleagues have made it their business to free the Ahrweiler district (Rhineland-Palatinate) from rubbish. “This commitment is a matter of course for me,” said Wipperfürth.

Presenter Cathy Hummels (33) is impressed by Wipperfürth: “I am overwhelmed with how much commitment you approach the matter. You are also a role model for me. “

BILD sees it that way and is giving him a week on the AIDA – all inclusive for four people with a balcony cabin and flights.

But the farmer doesn’t even think of himself now: “I’m so happy at home, but I know people who would benefit from that.”

When the masses of water flooded the streets of Hallein (Austria) at the weekend, they were right in the middle: The married couple Salih and Ayse Karaarslan were swept away by the strong current and floated helplessly in the water. When Alexander Eisenmann saw Salih and Ayse Karaarslan fighting for their lives, he plunged into the water without thinking, pulled them both into a gate in the inner courtyard and thus saved them from death.

Eisenmann: “It would not have been possible for me to do nothing. I saw that the Karaarslan family is struggling to survive. I would not have been happy in my life if I hadn’t done anything. “

Schlager legend Helene Fischer (36) about the hero from Austria: “Dear Mr. Eisenmann, I think I can speak from the hearts of many people. Thank you for your brave commitment. “

The Karaarslans Bistro family destroyed the flood: “We lost everything within ten minutes. We want to get up again, but don’t know what to do, ”says Salih.

Samsung is providing the family with kitchen appliances worth 10,000 euros so that they can rebuild their bistro.

Salih and Ayse Karaarslan with their savior Alexander Eisenmann

Salih and Ayse Karaarslan with their savior Alexander EisenmannPhoto: Joerg Voelkerling

Austria’s Chancellor Kurz says THANK YOU

In BILD, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also expressed his gratitude to the helpers: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who has achieved incredible things, who have surpassed themselves.”

So you can say THANK YOU too

If you would like to donate money for the flood victims too, please contact “Ein Herz für Kinder”:

BILD hilft eV A heart for children

Password: “Flood Aid 2021

IBAN: DE60 2007 0000 0067 6767 00


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