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Former serviceman hopes to find girl he saved in iconic Katrina picture

Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hopes to find the girl in this picture. (Source: Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce) Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hopes to find the girl in this picture. (Source: Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A picture that showed a bright spot in the dark days following Hurricane Katrina has a mystery attached to it.

Former Air Force Master Sergeant Mike Maroney, who participated in pararescues during the storm, said he vividly remembers pulling a little girl and her six family members off of a New Orleans rooftop.

The hug the little girl gave Maroney on Sept. 6, 2005, when he and his crew delivered her to Armstrong International Airport, went viral.

Maroney called it a brief moment of joy in what felt like a hopeless mission. Maroney said he wants people to spread the word that he is hoping to reconnect with the girl nearly a decade later.

The photograph was taken Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce, but Maroney never got the little girl's name.

People on social media are using the hashtag #FindKatrinaKid to help find the girl. You can also tweet Maroney: @mikem3672.

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