I remember a time when all I heard were stories about neighbors refusing to come to the aid of those in distress. There were tales involving a woman assaulted without anyone lifting a finger to rescue her. Men also were left to fend for themselves. I accepted that I shouldn’t expect a stranger to stick out their neck for my sake. A story I heard Wednesday changed all that.
Carmesha Rogers was in her upstairs apartment in Muskegon, MI when she heard gun shots. I would not have been at all surprised if her response had been to hit the ground until the shots were done. She did just the opposite. She looked out from her balcony and saw that there were little children on the street, in the line of fire.
These were not her children nor children of her dear friends. She didn’t know them. They were simply the neighborhood kids. That didn’t matter to Carmesha. She raced downstairs and shouted at the kids, frozen in fear, to get into the house. She put herself between the shooters and the kids as she herded them toward safety. Sadly, she was not able to get herself safely out of the line of fire.
Carmesha took a bullet to the head. Doctors told her family that she might never speak or walk again. Mercifully, she is able to do both after weeks in the hospital. The reporter pointed out that had Carmesha’s action happened in the theater of war, she would likely have been given the Purple Heart. But she wasn’t in a war zone, at least not one so defined. She was in a city in the United States where, thanks to the NRA and all the politicians who take their money, guns are readily available and too often used to kill not the intended victim but the innocent bystander.
Per Fox 17 West Michigan: If you would like to help Rogers’ family, you can walk into any PNC Bank location and donate to the Carmesha Rogers’ Fund.
I’m on the West Coast and I’d never heard of PNC but turns out there are branches in Hollywood, Torrance, Pasadena, Downtown. I’m going to donate because this woman deserves our support. Find a PNC branch near you and make a donation. You’ll be helping a real hero.