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An off-duty officer in Miami was driving through the neighborhood when he stopped in his tracks and filmed the nun at work with a chainsaw, helping clear debris. (Source: Miami-Dade Police Dept./Facebook/CNN) An off-duty officer in Miami was driving through the neighborhood when he stopped in his tracks and filmed the nun at work with a chainsaw, helping clear debris. (Source: Miami-Dade Police Dept./Facebook/CNN)

MIAMI (CNN) - When it came to cleaning up after destructive Hurricane Irma, Sister Margaret Ann of Archbiship Coleman F. Carroll High School took matters into her own hands, with a chainsaw. 

The video has caught the attention of the nation.

An off-duty officer in Miami was driving through the neighborhood when he stopped in his tracks and filmed her at work.

The nun said she did it out of a concern for the safety of people traveling through the area.

"The road was blocked. We couldn't get through, and I saw somebody spin in the mud and almost go into a wall going off the road. And so there was a need. I had the means, and I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann said.

She knew that chainsaws were stored in a closet at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, so she grabbed one. 

"We teach our students to do what you can to help, and so this was an opportunity where I could do something to help, and thanks be to God, I was able to do it," Sister Margaret Ann said.

Other people also helped out, including alumni from the school and members of the community.

The Miami-Dade Police Department left a comment with the video on Facebook.

In it, the department thanked the nun and the rest of the community for coming together.

Copyright 2017 CNN. All rights reserved. Raycom News Network contributed to this report.

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