Saturday, June 15, 2013

A humble hero.....

is a hero nevertheless.  My daughter's friend called her Friday and told her what happened when he went shopping at a local store that morning.

He went to a discount store to pick up one item. He parked next to a vehicle that was occupied by a little girl, perhaps around 8 or 9 years old. He glanced at her, noting that she was the only one in the car and he then went inside. He wasn't in the store long, only a few minutes and when he came out and went to his car he noticed that the little girl was outside of her car with a guy. He had her by the arm and was obviously leading her somewhere. She wasn't making a fuss or yelling but she had a certain look about her that caused my daughter's friend to take particular notice.  Let me just call my daughter's friend "Joe" to make it easier.

Acting on pure instinct, Joe asked the little girl if she knew the man who was leading her away and she answered 'no'.  The man, who was in his early 30's, told Joe to mind his own business.  Joe ignored him and asked why she was leaving with him and she said that the man had told her that her mother had sent him to get her. Joe grabbed the man's arm and told him to let go, and at the same time yelled for passers-by to call 911 as this guy was trying to take this child. A struggle ensued and Joe.....wanting to keep the guy there so police could question him.....knocked him out.

Police arrived in record time and took the man in custody. Mother came out of the store screaming and crying over her daughter. (She needs to be reported to protective services for leaving her child alone in the car as far as I'm concerned.....she very nearly lost her child by her neglectful actions.)  Anyway, all turned out well....everyone around, and there were plenty of witnesses in the parking lot, slapped Joe on the back and the police officers told him beers were on them anytime he wanted to take them up on it. The store offered him a reward for his heroic actions. The press wanted a story with pictures. Joe humbly turned it all down with a smile, tip of his hat and a "happy to have been of some service" attitude. All he needed was a white horse to ride away on.

You know, there are a lot of those kind of people walking around.....unsung heroes......some people call them angels.  And they really are. We don't hear about them because that's the way they want it.  In your prayers tonight, thank God for Joe.....and all the other Joes and Jo-annes out there.  I hope that little girl's mother is thanking God also.


6 comments:

EireKitten said...

Thank goodness Joe was there. Truly an angel walking on Earth.

Peruby said...

Holy (expletive here)! So many thoughts are running through my head right now, I can't express them in a comment.

Anger. At the mother. Anger.

forsythia said...

Good for Joe!

Eileen said...

Thank goodness Joe listened to his instincts that told him something was wrong. Thank goodness he was there when a foolish mother took a chance with her daughter's life!

I believe there is a special reward for people like Joe. It may not be in this world, but sometime, somewhere he will be given his due.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Good job, Joe! It's great that he was alert and aware, and also that he was strong enough to take on the would-be kidnapper.

Leann said...

I hope Joe and the little girl stay in touch.. How scary. I'm amazed at what parents will do to their children, the mother in Wal-mart who let the man take her daughter for a snack after he befriended them IN WALMART, DUHHHHHHHHH