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A Chainsaw-Wielding Nun Took Matters Into Her Own Hands To Clear A Road In Miami

"Sister Margaret Ann is getting it done!"

Posted on September 13, 2017, at 12:17 p.m. ET

This is Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, who casually grabbed a chainsaw from the school's closet and began clearing a fallen tree from a roadway.

An off-duty Miami-Dade police officer came upon Sister Margaret Ann cutting tress to clear the roads on Tuesday and posted video and images from the scene on Facebook.

In an interview with CNN, Sister Margaret Ann said that the school had chainsaws sitting in the closet "that needed to be used." She grabbed the chainsaw, put on gloves, and got to work cleaning up the debris.

"The road was blocked and we couldn't get through. I saw someone spinning in the mud and almost hit a wall," she said. "We teach our students do what you can to help, and this was an opportunity where I could do something to help."

Sister Margaret Ann went on to say that other people who saw her on the road stopped to help out — including some of the school's alumni — and the cleanup became "a good community project."

Miami-Dade police were grateful for Sister Margaret Ann's help. "As we recover from #HurricaneIrma, these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty! 🙏" they wrote on Facebook.

🎥 of Sister Margaret Ann in action. Thank you to all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this…

Sister Margaret Ann — who has been an educator for more than 30 years — told CNN that the she doesn't know when the school will reopen as a wall has been blown in and several trees have toppled over the school's 40 acres.

Sister Margaret Ann did not immediately respond to a request for an interview with BuzzFeed News.

People who commented on the police's post are loving the chainsaw-wielding nun.


@MiamiDadePD LOVE her spirit! This nun rocks! 💜💜

Sister Margaret Ann is getting it done! 💪🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #IrmaRecovery

@MiamiDadePD My elementary school principal right here ❤ She was always a huge inspiration of mine

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