We need to hear more about heroic ac­tions on Bal­ti­more’s streets

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

The report on the Cease­fire event men­tioned al­most in pass­ing a man who was killed when he jumped in front of a 14-year-old girl to save her (“Bal­ti­more res­i­dents rally for ‘Cease­fire’ af­ter week­end be­gins with shoot­ings: ‘We haven’t lost hope,’” Feb. 8).

That man was a hero.

We hear too lit­tle of the qual­ity of our fel­low cit­i­zens.

We hear com­plaints about chil­dren act­ing rowdy and thought­less, as ev­ery one of us did in some de­gree when we were young. We hear com­plaints about the ag­gres­sive­ness of some of those who are try­ing to make a liv­ing with squeegees.

We do not hear, un­til it is too late for us to say “thank you,” of the in­grained gen­eros­ity and kind­ness that make a young man will­ing to give up his life to save a young girl.

We do not even know his name, but let us at least tell his fam­ily and friends we un­der­stand a lit­tle bit of what they have lost and honor it.

Katharine W. Ry­laars­dam, Bal­ti­more

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