As Westporters prepare to donate desperately needed supplies to Puerto Rico this afternoon, one Westporter is already helping the hurricane-battered island.
On Friday, the Daily Beast profiled Paul Weissman. He left his wife and 3 sons to pilot his own plane, filled with necessities.
The story begins:
Paul Weismann got the call for help Monday night at his home in Connecticut. By Tuesday afternoon, he was flying to Puerto Rico on his personal plane, with food, water, and power generators as his passengers.
“You fly over Puerto Rico on the way to the airport, and you see the place is wrecked,” Weismann told The Daily Beast. At night, “a few streets and highways are lit up, because of people and businesses with generators. But the rest of the island was just pitch black.”
After landing on the island destroyed by Hurricane Maria last week, Weismann reloaded his plane — this time with young children, mothers, and senior citizens — and took off for the U.S. mainland.
Weismann isn’t a professional rescue pilot though. He’s a Connecticut-based investor working with Patient Airlift Services (PALS), a network of volunteer pilots. PALS mobilized pilots from across the U.S. to help Texas, Florida, and now Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this hurricane season.
It’s quite a story. To read the rest, click here.
(Hat tip: Christine Meiers Schatz)