David Bruce is an anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5)by David Bruce
“She Says We Saved Her Life”
On 22 August 2013, a black man kidnapped a white woman in Dallas, Texas. About an hour later, Aaron Arias, a 19-year-old Hispanic college student at Texas A&M in Texarkana, and Jamal Harris, age 17, a black Seagoville high school student, noticed the woman in the back seat of a car at a stoplight in/p>/p>
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“She Says We Saved Her Life”
On 22 August 2013, a black man kidnapped a white woman in Dallas, Texas. About an hour later, Aaron Arias, a 19-year-old Hispanic college student at Texas A&M in Texarkana, and Jamal Harris, age 17, a black Seagoville high school student, noticed the woman in the back seat of a car at a stoplight in Seagoville, Dallas County, Texas. She mouthed, “Help me,” at them, and Mr. Arias made a 911 call that resulted in the woman’s rescue. Mr. Arias told a Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher, “Yes, I’m on the highway. I’m witnessing a robbery; not a robbery — a kidnapping.” He added, “It’s me and another guy, so we’re checking out the girl in the backseat because, we’re like, ‘OK, she’s kind of attractive.’” Mr. Harris said, “We finally made eye contact with her and I could see the serious expression on her face. I could read her lips and she was saying ‘Help me.’” Mr. Arrias added, “And then, all of the sudden, you know, the guy is turned back, looking at us.” In their vehicle, Mr. Arias and Mr. Harris followed the kidnapper and the woman until police, who responded quickly, rescued the woman. Mr. Arias told the dispatcher, “Thank God. You guys are awesome. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Get him! Oh, my God.” The police arrested the driver of the car in which the woman was sitting. Afterward, the two civilian heroes met the woman. Mr. Arias said, “She hugs us. I would describe it as the best hug I have ever gotten.” When he was asked if he considered himself a hero, Mr. Arias said, “She says we saved her life. I guess you could say we did. But I don’t want to be that person who says they’re a hero.”
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Driving home early one morning, on a dark, deserted country road, my sister just happened to notice that a car had driven off an embankment up ahead. Without any thought to her own safety, she pulled over, got out of her car, and proceeded to climb down the hill to check on the situation. Thank God she did! The driver was unconscious and bleeding profusely from a head wound. She took off her sweatshirt, used it to staunch the flow of blood, called 911, and waited with the man until the paramedics arrived. Though she never found out if he survived that awful crash, I know he knew, somehow, that someone was with him during those most critical moments.
I'm sorry. One trivial story after another. I was hoping for something inspiring and memorable