DDH_ICONS Hurricane Katrina

Bobby Brown and Rufus Burkhalter

We stayed together and we did what we had to do to try to protect the city.

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Bobby Brown and Rufus Burkhalter have been coworkers for 20 years at a pump station in New Orleans. Despite the danger and tragedy they witnessed during their work when Hurricane Katrina hit, they’re both still deeply committed to the city they love and the people in it.