A few weeks ago, the news replayed and replayed the hotel surveillance video tape of a scene out of Law and Order. A woman was attacked by some creep, and a homeless man went to her rescue. The creep ran away, the woman ran away, and the homeless man lay bleeding to death on the pavement, with at least a dozed people (caught on video) just walking by. One man turned him over, examined him, and then walked away. The homeless man died. He died alone – ignored – and yet, he was a hero for rescuing the woman who was attacked.
I am unaware of any follow-up regarding this hero – who he was, his background, his circumstance. There was probably little media interest in a homeless man.
Then, soon after, a Vietnam veteran alerted police to a suspicious car in New York City’s Times Square. The policeman checked the car and recognized that it was likely a car bomb. The dominoes fell appropriately, with the bomb squad alerted, and everyone evacuated from Times Square.
A Pakistani man who got American citizenship decided to kill as many American citizens as possible, because of his radical Muslim beliefs that infidels need eradication. Nice family guy, I’m sure.
He failed in his attempt to mass murder American citizens, because a military vet used his training well (many years after the fact), and a policeman did his duty.
This story had a happier ending than the first one, because of the training and commitment of those who serve us.