Chainsaw nun rocks the internet in Hurricane Irma aftermath – but some have a message for her

Amid images of recovery efforts in Florida after Hurricane Irma, the sight of one particular person helping with the cleanup stood out.

An off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department came across a nun, with a chainsaw, ripping into a fallen tree blocking a road.

“Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!” the department wrote on their Facebook page, praising the efforts of Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall.

But the story of a chainsaw-wielding nun couldn’t stay local for long.

Sister Margaret Ann’s video and story quickly spread outside of Florida, making headlines and winning the internet. She was even interviewed by CNN.

“The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through,” she told Erin Burnett on “OutFront” Tuesday. “And I saw somebody spin in the mud and almost go into a wall, going off the road. So, there was a need, I had the means — so I wanted to help out.”

The nun knew there were chainsaws in a closet at the school.

“They didn’t belong there. They needed to be used,” she said, recalling when the police officer came across her sawing the tree.

“He said, ‘You know though, Sister, the police will do this.’ And I said ‘but it’s going to take them too long … it’s dangerous, people are going to get hurt here,’ ” she said.

Sister Margaret Ann did not know when her school would be reopening as the air conditioner was damaged during the hurricane. A wall was also blown in at the school and six of its 40 acres were covered in fallen trees.

But the educator was confident they would not be forgotten.

“The community will come out and help us. That’s what we do,” she told Burnett. “It’s good.”

Her own efforts and sentiment seemed to resonate online as many praised, thanked and were inspired by Sister Margaret Ann.

“We teach our students: Do what you can to help other people, don’t think of yourselves,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do.”

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