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“DON’T JUST STAND THERE…”

Watching television, movies, or news videos has numbed our senses.  Before we saw so many injuries, shootings, or murders on television, we were more responsive to help people in trouble.  Even when a person knew that with their limitations, they could not do much, they would seek to flag down a driver, fine someone to call 911, and do what they could to make a person comfortable until help arrived.

Most Americans are not as sensitive as we once were.  Thank goodness there are still those that rush to help in times of car accidents, terror attacks, mass shootings, bombings, or natural disasters.  Each time, one of those responders is recognized, they shy away from being called a “hero”.  Their act of rapid response is simply explained as “what anyone would have done”.  We herald their humility and know that “not everyone” would respond as they did.  That is why they are newsworthy. 

Once a person has been rendered helpless, or injured in an accident, or had the panic of knowing that their home has been destroyed by fire or storm, they are never the same.  Many become volunteers with organizations that “run to the need” when difficulty comes.  Knowing what that terrible moment is like for the victim, they cannot sit and do nothing.

When Rosina Hernandez was in college, she once attended a rock concert at which one young man was brutally beaten by another.

No one made an attempt to stop the beating. The next day she was struck dumb to learn that the youth had died as a result of the pounding. Yet neither she nor anyone else had raised a hand to help him.

She could never forget the incident or her responsibility as an inactive bystander.

Some years later, Rosina saw another catastrophe. A car driving in the rain ahead of her suddenly skidded and plunged into Biscayne Bay. The car landed head down in the water with only the tail end showing. In a moment a woman appeared on the surface, shouting for help and saying her husband was stuck inside.

This time Rosina waited for no one. She plunged into the water, tried unsuccessfully to open the car door, then pounded on the back window as other bystanders stood on the causeway and watched. First, she screamed at them, begging for help, then cursed them, telling them there was a man dying in the car.

First one man, then another, finally came to help. Together they broke the safety glass and dragged the man out. They were just in time — a few minutes later it would have been all over.

The woman thanked Rosina for saving her husband, and Rosina was elated, riding an emotional high that lasted for weeks. She had promised herself that she would never again fail to do anything she could to save a human live. She had made good on her promise.  (Copied).