It was the day after Larry Dorsey’s 54th birthday when Katrina hit. He spent the next week just trying to survive. Now, 4 years later, Larry is not just surviving; he is thriving, thanks in part to a shiny new welding certificate.
Hurricane survivor, KCC student earns premier welding certification
NICOLE FINKBEINER • READER SUBMITTED • OCTOBER 6, 2009
Larry Dorsey, 58, received notification on Wednesday, September 30, that he pass the American Welding Society’s 6G Pipe Welding Certification.
The national certification means that the Air Force veteran can make approximately $25-30 per hour inspecting and supervising welding projects.
The certification is rare, and opens up a broad range of employment prospects.
Dorsey arrived in Battle Creek after surviving seven days of flooding from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It was the day after his birthday when the flood waters came and he thought, like all of the other times, the waters would subside.
Within two days, the food he had ran out so he used a refrigerator door as a flotation device to find food for him and his neighbors. When he realized the waters were not receding, he knew it was time to leave.