Tuesday, March 18, 2014

There Are Still Good People...

Bravo, sirs, bravo.

Caught on Cam: Man Violently Assaults SEPTA Police Officer
Riley Ross admits he was frightened when he witnessed a man attack a SEPTA Police officer. But that didn't stop him from running into the chaos to lend a helping hand.

"I just didn't want anybody to get hurt," said the local attorney. "I got a young son and wanted to see him again for sure."
So, the guy claims he has a gun, claims he's going to shoot people. There's a transit cop waiting for him when the train stops, and the cop enters the train and leads Psycho Boy off. Psycho Boy then decides he's going to suicide-by-cop and starts wrestling with the officer. A crowd gathers, unsure what to do, when of all people a lawyer steps in and helps the officer subdue Psycho Boy.

Now I gotta take back some of the bad things I said about lawyers...

As the son (and grandson, and nephew, and cousin...) of a cop, this affects me more than a little. That could have been my dad struggling with a nutjob, and I'd like to think that someone would have stepped in to help him as well. Of course, it was a different time when he was on the MSP (he retired 30 years ago), and pre-dates the militarization of police forces we see far too often today. Heck, Dad carried a six-shooter - when he retired, the Glock had *just* been introduced and very few agencies carried any autoloaders.

Back to Attorney Ross, though. Here's a guy, minding his own business, who would have had every right in the world to just keep walking. He was safe; he wanted to go home at the end of his day, too. No one would have thought any less of him had he just stepped up his pace and continued on with his life. Yet he didn't; he inserted himself in a dangerous situation, one that he may not have been trained to handle (they don't say what kind of law he practiced; if it was ambulance chasing he may be versed in hand-to-hand combat...), to help out someone he didn't even know.

My friends, if that isn't the very definition of "hero" I don't know what is.

Bravo Zulu, Attorney Ross.

That is all.


Dave H said...

We all like to take the occasional jab at lawyers, and Heaven knows there are some who deserve it. But really most of them went into the business because they wanted to help people. (And with today's multiplicity of laws, Heaven knows we need the help.)

Well done, counselor!

Old NFO said...

Good for him, at least he stepped up rather than take out the cell phone and do a selfie...