No Joker Here-This Isn’t Gotham City, Our Heroes Don’t Wear Capes

July 22, 2012 by  
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American Hero not batman

The past week’s tragedy, the shooting of many innocent people and the senseless acts that caused them have many people thinking. “What have we as a people become?” We may never know the true motives that caused one man to take so many innocent people’s lives, but we will undoubtedly look for ways to prevent similar attacks in the future.
So what do we do now?

We will certainly mourn for those who have been lost, injured and hurt. We will rally around the families, the friends and the loved ones who have lost friends, brothers, sisters and children. We pray for them and wish them the best. While we hurt for these people and are saddened by their loss, many reports indicate that the horrific deaths and injuries could have been far worse had it not been for the true heroes of this story. Don’t we owe it to the dead and the injured, our fellow Americans that were lost, to take the news out of the villain and recognize those who risk their lives every day to prevent and minimize casualties such as this?

Since the attack in Aurora, much of the media has been focused on one aspect of the story, the villain. Media outlets throughout the world, share a photo of the attacker with a troubling grin. It’s time for that to change. Our challenge – let’s put the focus on the heroes in America.

This isn’t Gotham city; our heroes don’t wear masks or capes. The true heroes of this story often go unnoticed. We rarely refer to them by name but more often as part of a brotherhood of police, fire fighters, EMT’s, medics, nurses and doctors. Many reports indicate that police were on the scene of the crime within the first ninety seconds and medical personnel quickly followed.

Had it not been for the quick attention of these national heroes, how many more loved ones could have been lost? To these nameless heroes we will forever be grateful.

In the coming weeks, there will no doubt be stories of the heroes without uniform, who acted bravely in Colorado. One of these first heroes to emerge is Jarrell Brooks. According to ABC news, Jarrell’s first thought, like many others, was to get out of the theater alive. That thought all changed when he saw a mother shot and wounded with two young children, asking for someone to help. Jarrell immediately put thoughts of his own personal safety aside, risking his life for these three strangers.

Jarrell assisted the mother, moving, guiding and pushing the children and mother toward the exit. That’s when it happened; Jarrell himself was shot in the leg. “As I was pushing them, that’s when I got hit on my thigh.” The 19 year old did not immediately know he had been hit. “It felt like a sharp pain,” Jarrell told ABC.”But when I tried to move my left leg I went down.  I looked at my hand and noticed there was bleeding and that’s when it got pretty real, at that moment.”

Jarrell later said, “I don’t consider myself a hero, I just felt like there was someone who was in distress. I’m not the kind of person who would let them be in that kind of situation.” Now that’s what a hero is, unassuming and willing to help. That’s why American’s Believe.

To view the whole interview visit, http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/colorado-movie-theater-shooting-heroism-16827192

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