October 14, 2010

Lessons From a Humble Hero

I was deeply moved when I heard the story about Victor Perez, a Fresno man who rescued an eight-year-old girl from the clutches of a kidnapper last week. After spotting a pickup that fit a description aired on the morning news, quick-thinking Victor gave persistent chase, eventually forced the suspect to stop and helped free the young victim.

We can learn from Victor’s decisive actions that fateful morning. An unemployed construction carpenter, Victor had seen hard times, laboring in the local grape fields to support his family. His own difficult circumstances, however, were no reflection of his integrity or character, nor did they deter him from rising to the occasion when the stakes were high. Despite the inherent dangers, Victor performed a selfless act of courage that saved a child’s life, reunited a family and inspired a community.

Why did he do it? He just wanted to do the right thing. “It feels good to know that at least in my part, we still do care out there,” Victor said in a recent Good Morning America interview. “We don’t just close our doors and say forget about it. We actually go out there and see what we can do.”

Victor’s story shows the human spirit at its finest, and this humble hero sets the example to which we should all aspire:

  • Be compassionate and help those in need.
  • Be brave and take initiative to beat the odds.
  • Be great by doing great things.