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Beau Rivage's Chris McGuire A Hero To Co-Workers

Pat Arthur and her Beau Rivage co-workers say their 31-year-old boss, Chris McGuire, is their hero. 

"He really cares about people, he really cares. He puts all his effort into it and he just he makes us feel like we're a big family," Arthur said. 

Family. That's how he treated each of them after Katrina. They say he called all 26 of them every week for a year, giving them anything they needed until the Beau could re-open.

"He found us jobs when some of us needed jobs right away. He went above and beyond to me. He's just a great young man, he really is. He called, he offered his home, he gave money out of his own pocket."

Chris McGuire says, "I think of how fortunate I was, and that made me work harder."

Employee Rose Vasknetz says of McGuire, "He just wanted to make sure that he knew where were at and if we needed anything."

Vasknetz was commuting to work in Mobile. Her family had to leave to find work. The Las Vegas transplant was all alone here, living in a water damaged house.

"My husband was 2,000 miles away, my daughter was 8,000 miles away, so he wanted to know if I needed anything personally, anything he could do. So that was comforting to know that someone was actually caring and looking out for us."

Another employee Amanda Truong says, "Every week he would call and check on me."

Truong says McGuire was the guiding hand who got her through all the heartache and confusion. She lost more than just her Waveland home.

"We pretty much lost everything in the house, plus my husband's business, the shrimp boat gone, plus I have cancer."

Her family went to be with relatives in Minnesota so she could get treatment for breast cancer. They left with no jobs, no money and an empty gas tank.

"Before I left the building, he pulled up and gave me his own money, $100. At the time that mean a lot to me because I needed gas money and tears just come out of my eyes, you know. He don't have to do that. He don't have to do that and he did it. So I always remember that in my heart."

McGuire says, "It was difficult to talk to people like Amanda and other employees who lost everything. And if the least I could do was make them feel better about coming back to work, that's what I tried to do."

Amanda Truong thinks the world of her boss Chris McGuire.

"It just all hit me at once, so he's kind of like, you know, someone there to support you, to go to... He helped me a lot, so I don't know what I'd do without him," Truong said.

by Rebecca Powers

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