"Sometimes journalists do have the power of life and death in their hands, and in their tongues," said KDFM anchor Jasmine Styles.
That's what was on her mind as she coached an elderly resident of Port Arthur, Texas, to safety as her home flooded while Styles was live on the air. Dorothy Henley of Port Arthur, Texas, had called in to speak with Styles and chief meteorologist Greg Bostwick.
"You sounded like a 911 dispatcher, you said, 'Calm down, breathe.' You're trying to tell her things to do," said Joce Sterman, a reporter at Circa, during an interview with the anchor.
Styles credited her demeanor on air to her training as an anchor, but once she heard that Henley wasn't ready to leave her home for fear of abandoning her furniture and possessions, Styles said her true self started to come out live. Styles coached Henley as best she could, and told her to get off the phone and call the authorities so they could get to her in time.
Styles would reconnect with Henley, who is safe, after the incident. After she hung up the phone, Henley was saved by people in air boats, who had been alerted to Henley's whereabouts by members of Henley's boyfriend's family.
Styles said that "Miss Dot" is chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool," after the incident and is recovering in a nearby suburb of Beaumont.