“Coach Stoops has reached out to me. He's actually giving me a gift that's gonna help my family out a little bit. ... I'm just grateful. I'm grateful I've got three kids, and they're all breathing right now, and my wife's happy. So I am, too.”
‘IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY DROPPED A BOMB'
Rideaux sat in his living room Monday afternoon, watching the weather on television while his 3-year old daughter, Gray, napped next to him.
The KFOR meteorologist advised anyone in Moore who didn't have a storm shelter to get out of town, so Rideaux woke his daughter, picked her up and ran out the door.
As Rideaux drove down S. 19th Street toward the highway, he realized his dog, Remy, was still in the backyard.
The father and daughter arrived at another family member's home in Norman without their beloved dog, so Rideaux posted a photo on Facebook hoping someone would recognize Remy.
Wednesday, someone found Remy at a veterinarian's office in Mustang.
“He's a little tough sucker,” Rideaux said. “I'm just thankful somebody found him. That's my kid's best friend. Those two are buddies.”
Rideaux is thankful his home wasn't completely destroyed, but much of the area surrounding his house is devastated. He lives just around the corner from Plaza Towers Elementary School.
“We used to go to that playground and play all the time,” Rideaux said. “It looks like somebody dropped a bomb on these people. I just feel bad for all the people who have lost everything.”
Rideaux said he's leaned on Callens over the past few days, and Callens has leaned on him.
“Everybody's asking, ‘What can we do for you? How can we help?'” Rideaux said. “To be flat-out honest, and it's no disrespect to anybody, but we don't know what you can do.
“All I've got right now is a suitcase full of clothes. It's tough. People want to help, and you want to be receptive to that, but it's like, ‘What do you do?'”