Unlikely heroes, or two American kids doing the best they can?
Temar Boggs, 15 and his friend began searching for missing 5 year-old Jocelyn Rojas, who was playing in her parents front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when she was found absent around noon on Thursday. Authorities believe she had been abducted by a man who lured her with offerings of ice cream.
For two hours, authorities and neighbors searched in vain, asking anyone if they had seen her. That is when Boggs and his buddy mounted up on their bikes and went in search of the youngster.
According to Boggs, about a half-mile from the house, they spotted her in the front seat of a sedan, but the driver was elusive; “Every time we’d go down the street, he’d turn back around, and then … we’ll follow him,” Temar told CNN affliliate WGAL.
They began to chase the vehicle, dodging traffic and following the twisting path of a driver who knew he was being pursued, the 15 minute adrenaline fueled chased ended in a reluctant kidnapper giving up.
“He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom,” Temar said.
The young girls family and the surrounding neighbors took turns hugging the young teenage boy, stating;
“He’s our hero. There is just no words to say,” Jocelyn’s grandmother Tracey Clay said.
Authorities are still looking for the kidnapping suspect, who is described as a white male between 50-70 years of age, driving a reddish-purple car with round tail lights. He was wearing green shoes, green pants and red-and-white striped shirt. He also walked with a limp, reports WGAL.
This young man is a shining example of what we as parents are striving to impart on our kids. The desire to help another when the need arises. To lend a hand to their fellow-man/woman when and if that time arises. To not ignore the evil in the world and just walk on by, but to know that it exists and be willing to go that extra mile to ensure evil does not win.
Although he feels good about finding Jocelyn and helping return her safely to her home, the humble young man simply feels like he did the right thing.
“I just feel like I did something very accomplishing today,” the teen said.
We all should be proud of this young man. His deed should be recognized from the “highest” levels of our country. Our President should be touting the praise of a young man who risked his own safety to ensure the safe return of a young child to her parents. Our media should be screaming from the highest mountains (and busiest satellites) that this young man is what all teens should strive to be like.
Instead, they want to continue the division they have created among our citizens. Further the racial divide and destroy the very fabric that makes us Americans. We the People are tired and it needs to stop.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams