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"Angel in a Hummer" Taking Flight

Good Samaritan shipping out to Haiti



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    The people she helped rescue after Katrina call her their "Angel in a Hummer."

    Rena Salomon jumped in her Hummer in Santa Clara, and drove to New Orleans after she saw the devastation of the Katrina floods.

    Once there, she drove people from their destroyed homes to a shelter she helped establish in Baton Rouge.

    "She's like a stepmother, or Godmother," said Alesha Page, one of the people she helped rescue.

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    Salomon brought Page and several other Katrina refugees to the Silicon Valley.

    Once back home here in the Silicon Valley, the Jordanian citizen continued her work, offering shelter in her South Bay home while helping the refugees find a place of their own.  

    "Seeing all the women and children in despair, I felt I needed to help," said Salomon.

    On Tuesday, Salomon raised her right hand and took an oath becoming an official disaster service worker in the South Bay.

    Now, she can officially do triage, perform search and rescue operations, and provide psychological disaster help.

    She'll need the skills and certification, because Salomon is leaving on a mission once again.  This time she's taking a team with her to Haiti.

    "I'm very heart broken about it," said Salomon. "Same as Katrina. People needed help and it wasn't getting there fast enough."

    The goal is to provide temporary shelter in Haiti.

    But Salomon ultimately wants to bring as many as 150 children to her three-acre home in San Diego, to provide shelter and social services for up to 6 months, if not longer.

    "I believe there is a plan that can be put into effect, and I'm willing to fund that plan," said Salomon.

    She knows the bureaucratic hurdles will be high, but Salomon will be jumping them, as an American.

    Salomo takes another oath on Wednesday, vowing to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as a naturalized American citizen. 

    But to the people she's helped,  Salomon will always be their "Angel in a Hummer."

    She was one of more than 1,300 people who officially became U.S. citizens at  naturalization ceremonies in Campbell.

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in San Jose naturalized all of them in three separate ceremonies at the  Heritage Theater.