Last week, two of Walton County's finest left their safe and dry homes and headed west to help some people in need that they had never met before.

Pablo Buduen and Michael White, correctional officers at the Walton County Jail, drove through the night carrying supplies, and pulling a small boat behind them to meet up with the Cajun Navy. The Cajun Navy collected the supplies and directed the men to where they could be the most help, which was Port Arthur.

The men were only at Port Arthur for 50 hours before the National Guard and Coast Guard came in and gave them all stand down orders and told them to go home as they were taking over.

"We had rescued all that we could get to safely in the outlying area," White said.

But those 50 hours were long enough to give the men what White describes as "absolutely the best and worst experience of my life."

"Every race, religion, and color banded together to help the people in need there," he said. "There were 10,000 people over there trying to help."

The banding together to help was the good part, but White chokes up when he describes the worst.

"The devastation was unbelievable. All the trash and debris … entire houses upside down and trashed, floating … entire houses under 7 feet of water. After a bridge collapsed we tried to help with rescue and saw bodies being pulled from the water."

The men slept in their truck during the time they were there and took annual leave with no pay to go to Texas, although their fellow employees raised $300 for gas money for them.

"We just wanted to go and help someone out that needed help, to try to make a difference and maybe they will help us when we need it," said White.