Monday, February 19, 2007

Answer to the Cynic

My buddy, and recent contributor to the ModyBlog, Jake passed along this story to defend teenagers from cynical critics of their stereotypical (and oft believed self-centered) behaviors:

Teen Rescues 3 From Icy N.Y. Creek
Feb 19, 6:44 AM (ET)

BELLMORE, N.Y. (AP) - Three young brothers who fell through ice into a frigid creek were rescued by a teenage neighbor who heard his mother's frightened screams for help, police said.

The brothers, ages 8, 10 and 16, were out walking around Sunday afternoon when they ventured onto the Bellmore Creek's icy surface, which gave way, plunging them into the water, Nassau County police said.

Area resident Maryann Rosati saw the boys in the water behind her home and yelled for help.

Her 18-year-old son, Thomas Rosati, a high school senior, heard her screams and ran outside to a dock on the creek while his mother called police. He pulled the three boys to safety before police arrived.

"They were like yelling, saying like they're going to die," he recalled. "And I was like, 'You're not going to die. Just grab my hand.'"

The three brothers were evaluated by members of the Bellmore Fire Department before they were released to their father at the scene, police said.


*Sammy* said...

May i point out that the kid didn't exactly show intelligence when he used the word "like" incorrectly, twice. However, i believe that we all could take note of his heroism when put into a life or death situation. He was obviously calm and collected, and i give him props for that. I also believe that we all could take note of this instance and maybe re-evaluate ourselves a little bit. If this kid could react so well in a life and death situation, how much more so should we react to situations that aren't quite so crucial?

jake said...

This article wasn't about intelligence or whether he calm or if he did everything by the book. The point is that he acted when he needed to. He showed a level of compassion for someone else. I would rather have someone who didn't speak the King's English pull me from an icy river than have someone with perfect grammar stand there and say "wow that water looks cold, hope they know how to swim". We as a society(and I am VERY guilty of doing this myself) need to stop pointing out mistakes in someone's accomplishments and just say "Great Job".