Evlambia Revi, a Greek reporter and presenter from OPEN TV burst into tears on Monday evening while covering the latest developments on the fire-ravaged island of Evia on live television.
During the live report, the journalist met an elderly man who had obvious respiratory problems who had refused to leave his house in the village of Avgaria.
The residents of Avgaria had been ordered by the officials from the European Emergency Number 112 to evacuate just a few minutes earlier.
The man was all by himself, barely able to speak due to breathing difficulties.
The reporter asked him if he needed a face mask, and volunteered to offer him one of her own.
She kept urging him to leave his property and follow the evacuation order, as his life was in danger by the wildfires.
”Where could I go?” the man said, whispering.
The young reporter asked him if he had anywhere to go and offered to take him with her and follow the team of OPEN TV to evacuate the village.
It was then when the old man whispered ”thank you” to Revi and burst into tears.
Not able to hold in her emotions any longer, the reporter burst into tears too, while on air, begging the old man not to cry and to stop thanking her for her offer.
”Do not cry, please, do not cry, you’re not alone. We will help you,” Revi said with tears in her eyes from the pain she had just witnessed.
Giannis Papadopoulos, the news anchor of OPEN TV tried to comfort both Revi and the resident of Avgaria and immediately asked for the connection with Evia to pause, as he did not want to embarrass the two people whose emotions had just overwhelmed them by the magnitude of the catastrophe on Evia.
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Immediately, Revi’s name became Greece’s number one trend on Twitter and other social media platforms.
”Evlambia Revi saves our honor, our reputation, and our legacy. She is in the field, she says what she sees, she helps, she cries, she gets angry, she rejoices. Evlambia, thank you” Twitter user Chris Amerikanou said in a tweet.
”Reporter Evlambia Revi honors the title of her profession. She broke and cried with the man in the fires and we were all moved with her,” another man stated.
Hours after the report, Revi posted a tweet on her personal account.
”The truth is that I am shocked by this huge wave of love that I am receiving from all of you,” she stated.
”May this love lead to the grandfather having the care he needs from the state and his family, who, as I later learned, has abandoned him,” she added.
”As for me, I just did my job, like so many remarkable colleagues,” the young Greek reporter said.
”It’s just that sometimes we break too, because journalists are humans too. Thank you.”