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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2010, 06:38:11 AM »
His name is Larry Skopnik. He's six-foot-three, weighs more than 200 pounds, and for the last 10 years ago uses a wheelchair after breaking his back in an ATV accident. But on Saturday night, November 6, 2010 he wasn't defined by his height, weight, or wheelchair....he was hailed a "hero" and to hear it from the Vancouver store's shopkeeper Cindy Grewal he was someone the world needs more of.  "My heart goes to him," she said. "Not even thinking for a moment that he is in a wheelchair...Such a sweetheart."

Of course, if you ask him he says he was just doing the right thing to the best of his ability. "It's in my blood to stand up for the small person." And, that he did. The customer was trying to pass a counterfeit $50 bill in her East Vancouver convenience store. The shopkeeper would not honour the currency and, in fact, refused to return the fake bill. The customer got angry, started fighting with the clerk and even came behind the counter hailing punches.

That's when the "Larry the Hero" grabbed him from behind. They threw punches and Larry was pulled out of the chair and onto the ground. He didn't let go. Two other customers assisted eventually. 

"Just because I am in a chair doesn't mean I can't stand up and do something righteous and do the right thing," Larry said. "Afterwards I thought about a knife or something, but at the  time, it was just about helping my friend the clerk."

The customer was briefly held, then let go without charges. When you watch the video, you wonder why.  They had the counterfeit bill, the 5 witnesses, the shopkeeper, and the hero--at least two who were assaulted. And, it was on video. If you can't press charges from that...where's the hope?

"When people can get away with these things over and over again, what's stopping them?" he said. "It's just going to escalate."

Larry did his part. We need better support for people like Larry to be as brave as he. But, for now we have our Larry's. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if the system had backed his efforts?

To view the video or read the story, click here:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/11/08/bc-skopnik-wheelchair-hero.html



If you get a chance click on the link, and see it all for yourself. Trully heroic.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #31 on: November 11, 2010, 07:20:04 AM »
For some strange reason the authorities let the perp go without charges......

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2010, 11:12:28 AM »
Constable Chris Garrett of the Cobourg Police Service responded to a call regarding an alleged robbery of a youth on May 15, 2004, unaware that no actual robbery had taken place.  In fact, he was unaware that this was part of a plot to steal his vehicle and gun, kill two gas station attendants, then set off two home-made explosive devices at the Cobourg Police Station while shooting police officers and civilians. 

Unaware, Constable Garrett began taking details of the crime and radioed his colleagues with details. He was alone with the victim as his comrades began looking for the reported suspect. That is when the 18-year-old alleged victim, Troy Davey, suddenly attacked the Constable with a knife, causing a mortal wound to the Constable's throat.  Dying, Constable Garrett fired his entire clip of 17 bullets, trying to catch Davey before he succumbed to his injury.

Davey was hit.  He was arrested at the Cobourg Hospital when he sought help for his injury.

Constable Garrett, on that day, not only caught his own murderer but he prevented the planned murder of many, many more. This was during the course of his job. To think there are people like Constable Garrett, who willing pursue dangerous professions, and put their lives at stake each and every day. Willing to die for others. Determined to prevent others from harm. And, catching those who do.

There is hope (and appreciation).

http://www.cobourgpolice.com/hero.php

If you get a chance, check out the photo on the source site taken by Mark Leonard at the Chris Garrett Memorial Park. Powerful stuff.
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2010, 01:07:25 PM »
Concerned,  That is amazing.... thank you.
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From Concerned:    If you get a chance, check out the photo on the source site taken by Mark Leonard at the Chris Garrett Memorial Park. Powerful stuff.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2010, 01:48:16 AM »
Just in case you needed some hope today....

(For some things, there are no words. You just have to see it yourself.)

Madrid cop drags man off tracks as train arrives
By Jim Kavanagh and Per Nyberg, CNN
December 5, 2010 -- Updated 0512 GMT (1312 HKT)

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/05/spain.train.man.saved/index.html?hpt=C1

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2010, 11:41:40 AM »
We hear it all too often. A stranger, lurking around a playground, for children that don't belong to them. It was no different for little 3-year-old Savannah who innocently traveled down a slide only to end up in a stranger's arms. Developmentally disabled, and not knowing the fear of the situation, she reached out to hug him as he grabbed her and took off with her.

Her family witnessed the man abducting her and an aunt began screaming at him, while other family members went for assistance. The perp dropped the girl and ran.

But that wasn't good enough for her father who had just lost another child four months ago to sudden infant death syndrome. Nor, for little Savannah's grandfather. They hopped in the car and gave chase. When close the grandfather jumped out and clotheslined the perp.

They say he got the beating of a lifetime, but somehow managed to escape. Savannah's father didn't want this guy to have the chance to come back. He was caught. His explanation, he was homeless and hungry.

For family supervision, for fast acting relatives, little Savannah was home and managed to tell her father, "I love you, daddy."  And, he in return, "I love you too, baby." How many families never get this opportunity?

Sometimes, they get caught. There is hope.

http://www.kpho.com/news/26109720/detail.html?source=pho
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2010, 01:22:21 PM »
A 13-year-old with her 18-month-old brother sleeping alongside her were awakened Sunday at 3 a.m. The girl was stabbed 30 times and raped. The little brother awoke during the ordeal and was stabbed 10 times.

Their mother: she had gone out for the night.

Somehow, beyond logic, the 13-year-old was able to run from the house with her baby brother and gain assistance from a neighbor.  Police and SWAT teams surrounded the house, and after two hours, break into the house to find the 14-year-old perpetrator (an acquaintance of the girl's brother) inside sleeping. At 14 he already had a criminal history. They don't know why he was there or how he got in.

The teen, who saved herself and the baby, were expected to survive although they are in critical condition.

The mother:  She came home at 9 a.m. and had no idea what had occurred.

Sometimes children amaze us by what they are capable of, what they go through, how they survive. And, how they save each other even when the parent is absent.

There is hope. Hope.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/26108244/detail.html?source=fran

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #37 on: December 25, 2010, 06:01:32 PM »
Her daughter had just come through brain surgery, and her husband walked out the door. With him, the financial means to pay the immediate bills.  On top of that she received a call from the bank that her house payment was four months late.

Amongst other things, she couldn't pay for her daughter's much needed physical therapy, so she cancelled. And, quite frankly, had no idea how she was going to come up with $5,000 in 72 hours for the other bills left behind.

But the physical therapist asked that they stop by anyways, for a moment for she had something for the young girl.  When they arrived the therapist wrote a check to the family for $5,000. Of course, the mother couldn't accept it, she had absolutely no way to repay it in a timely manner.

The physical therapist explained, it's not a loan. "Your daughter has shown me what survival is," the therapist said. "She not only survives, but she lives. I have learned more from her than this $5,000 could ever buy me."

And, then the therapist, herself, made a request of the family--don't ever mention it to her again.

Sometimes, a little kindness is delivered with hope.

Hope.

This was a comment to a story, made below a story.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/
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« Reply #38 on: December 25, 2010, 06:18:46 PM »
The local radio station was reading letters that people wrote about not having Christmas. One story, in particular, was about a family that had no toys for Christmas. To Shauna, an 8-year-old girl just weeks before her 9th birthday, this story hit heart strings.

"I want to help them get toys," Shauna exclaimed. She decided that for her birthday she did not want gifts for herself, only ones she could donate. Shauna donated six toys to the local fire station that year.

Her parents thought that would be a one-time event, but Shauna thought differently.

Every birthday since then, Shauna kept her resolve. By her 17th birthday, she had long surpassed 450 toys each year.

Then, 911 hit. Shauna, you know, by then knew how to collect toys, and she made a goal that year, in honor of that event, to collect 1,100 toys.

Some say Shauna has never had a birthday present since she was 8-years-old. They say she won't take one. And, now this year when Shauna is expected to give birth to her very first child, and like so many others is impacted harshly by the economy. But, Shauna still managed to collect 330 toys which reportedly overwhelmed the fire department. They, too, were adversely affected by the economy and up until Shauna's donation they had an empty warehouse this season. 

Shauna may have never had a birthday present, but perhaps she has a gift. One of which, many have been on the receiving end of.

There is hope.

Hope.

Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/
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« Reply #39 on: December 25, 2010, 07:21:30 PM »
It was a day in 1983, one of many daily trips Flo Wheatley and her 14-year-old son, Leonard, would be journeying from the hospital to the subway to a place they were staying at while undergoing Leonard's medical treatments. But this particular day, her son had grown weak, he was vomiting and near collapse. They still had a block to walk, when the rain began to pour.

"You need help, lady," she heard a guy proclaim. She did, but she was hesitant. The man was wearing jeans, sneakers and a cutoff army jacket, and he appeared to be homeless.

"No, we're okay," she said. But the man picked up her suitcase and helped her to the subway. 

"Don't abandon me," were the last words he spoke to her.

Two years later, in 1985, Leonard's illness had improved but the the experience with the homeless man still lingered in Flo. She stitched her first quilted sleeping bag using her children's old jeans, shirts and sweaters.  Flo and her husband drove to Manhattan and gave the bag to a homeless man. She made eight more that year, alone.

Soon, word got out that Flo was making 'Ugly Quilt's" and donations of fabrics were sent to her home. She made instructions for others on how to make the quilts, and others made them, as well.  Recycled fabric is sewn together to form two seven-foot squares. The seven-foot squares are then sewn together with old drapes, blankets and mattress pads added for padding. Neckties are attached for handles.

By 1992, more than 5,300 "Ugly Quilts" were distributed to those in need. Flo named her organization "My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group."

Today, "My Brother's Keeper" branches exist worldwide making "Ugly Quilts" to warm the homeless.

Their motto is:  To keep someone alive tonight until they can help, or be healed, by someone in our society, tomorrow.

Flo never, again, saw the homeless man that originally helped her and her son. Some have told her he must have been an angel, in her time of need. Today, she is thankful and Leonard is healthy. She has come to believe that his illness was a gift that changed their life.

Warm Hope.

Source:  My Brothers Keeper - TheSleepingBagProject.Org - Recycled fabric for the homeless

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« Reply #40 on: December 27, 2010, 10:27:05 PM »
What are the chances? A 30-year-old guy walks into the police station and says he wants to get something off his chest. He proceeds to confess to his role in a murder "cold case."  Matthew Anthony DaSilva admitted that he was the driver of a getaway car in the murder of Vancouver Cocaine dealer Shayne Preece, 27, found shot/dead before midnight on June 12, 2000, over ten years ago.

And, while he was there, heck..why not...confess to a role in another crime. This way he serves two consecutive years for two unrelated charges. Probably becomes a key figure in the details and testimony needed for others to be charged.

The victim's families finally get some answers. And some other criminals get charged for their roles in the crime as well.

We can only hope, right?!

Hope.

Source:  http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=46f90cd5-5acc-4ec2-ace5-3edd27e4ad6f

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« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2010, 07:34:17 PM »
Private Investigator Ken Brennan couldn't shake the case. A 21-year-old, blond who was living temporarily in a hotel in Florida was there recuperating from an severe injury to her hand. She was seen going into her room, but not seen coming out. She was found unconscious, badly battered, raped, naked, face down in weeds against the high grass and black mud of the Everglades 8 miles from the hotel, left for dead. But she wasn't.

She lived. She was brain injured, traumatized and could only attempt to remember fragments of the powerless, cruel moments. Nothing solid, or concrete enough, to deploy scarce police department resources in the high-crime area of Miami-Dade. They soon considered the leads to be "dried up."

The victim filed suit against the hotel. That's when the hotel hired Brennan, as they were preparing to defend themselves from the lawsuit. Brennan's biography included 8 years as a D.E.A. agent in Long Island. He left there to pursue other interests including becoming a private investigator. His clients were mostly businesses and law firms gathering evidence and answers for their civil court cases. Like this situation.

Except, this was different. He put more hours in than he was being paid. He set out to discover who raped and dumped this victim. Many scenarios came to mind. Did she slip out on her own? Was this a set-up by a syndication intent on pursuing litigation awards? Was she in the trades? Did she know the perp? Was it a hotel staff member?.... And, how did she get out of the room?

Through a series of vaguely connected steps, pure tenacity, tunnel focus, and armed with a belief that this case should be solvable Brennan reviewed and pursued what he was able to piece together from the crime scene photos, surveillance footage, and often confused victim statements. You could say, he went above and beyond. If you get a chance the story linked below is well worth the long read, very interesting...  It all revolved around a three-hour window of opportunity between 3:41 a.m. and when the survivor was found. 

Even though she entered her room at 3:41 a.m., she could not be seen exiting it. Surveillance cameras in perfect order, activated by motion detected movement, were checked. She was not seen exiting the door, hallway, or the exits. She hadn't gone out the window. This was a perplexing case. But, not impossible.

Brennan found the clues, followed them through, kept in contact with key individuals, used his resources, and tenaciously pursued. (Trust me, it's a interesting read.) He not only found the answer, they locked up the criminal. It wasn't his first, and they suspect he was a serial killer, cool, calm, collected and calculating who traveled all over for his job. He even believes there are more cases to be solved that the criminal was responsible for.  They don't believe he will ever walk a free man again.

The hotel, well, they got their answers, even if it didn't completely absolve them from responsibility.

Brennan did good.

Sometimes hope comes in the form of a person with a bit of talent and a lot of drive, even if the LE's resources were tapped.

Hope.

To read how Brennan got the guy...
Source:  http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/12/vanishing-blonde-201012?currentPage=1

Nice job, Brennan. Nice job. And, thank you Allen Foote for opening up that file.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2011, 08:46:45 AM »
She was born on September 11, 2001. On the day of her birth, her country (US) was held captive by a coordinated series of suicide attacks via hijacked commercial passenger jet airliners planned to crash into buildings with the intent of bringing a country to its knees, and nearly 3,000 victims to their deaths. She was one of several babies born on the day her country fell to their knees.

She "lived" her nine years. She was the only girl on a little league baseball team. She was an avid swimmer. She picked blueberries. Loved snorkeling. Would dance in the hallways with her mother, full of life and happiness. She loved animals and volunteered at children's charities, in particular Kids Helping Kids charity.

Many people use to think 911 was a sad day, but she personally never saw her birthday as sad. Her mother, Roxanna Green, says she was proud of it because she was a piece of hope on a terrible day. "From the very beginning, she was an amazing child," her mother said. "She was very bright, very mature, off the charts. She was the brightest thing that happened that day."

She was featured as one of 50 "Faces of Hope" an article featuring a child from every US state born on September 11. The proceeds of the publication sales, were donated to a September 11 charity.

They said she had a appetite for public service. Her dad said he could easily see her as becoming a politician. She had just been elected to her Tucson, Arizona, grade school student council. That is why a neighbor took her to see her state's representative, Gabrielle Gifford, at the grocery store, last week.  Tragically, she died that day. She was the youngest victim of a mentally unstable person intent on making a statement by opening up his semi-automatic Glock on a crowd. He shot the child. He ended her life and many others. He aimed to kill Gabrielle Gifford, and many of those at the event in her honor.  He didn't succeed at killing the politician.

Christina Taylor Green's funeral was held yesterday. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and a gentle smile. She sang in the church choir, but she would sing no more. As people began to try to make sense of a senseless act, a message unfolded nationally. The cost of venomous political dialogue could mean innocent lives. People stopped and thought perhaps...hatred, rhetoric and hostility can lead to the loss of an innocent life. Was it worth it?  Most will say, it is not the freedom of speech, but the act of a few deprived. The debate will linger on.

But, in the meantime, Christina's organs were donated, and she gave life to at least one other that we are aware of at the moment. Her father, John Green, told a reporter that when he received a call of a successful transplant he and his wife's spirit was lifted, and that once again they were proud of their daughter, "who has done another amazing thing."

The criminal(s), no matter how glorious they believed themselves to be, never did prevail, really, did they?

She never saw her birthday as sad. I get the feeling she never wanted her death to be anything but joyous. I somehow think through her life, she got her message across.

Christina remains, again, a reminder of what it is to be a piece of hope on a terrible day.

Rest in peace, little one.

A symbol of undying hope.


Source: 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/father-of-christina-green-daughters-organs-saved-little-girl-in-boston/
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/10green.html


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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2011, 03:58:36 PM »

I've posted a picture of Christina below. Such a beautiful little girl.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #44 on: February 05, 2011, 08:30:11 AM »
They are rightfully hailing him as a hero. His name is Const. Jim Moir.

He may not feel like a hero today. He is likely trying to figure out how you live life differently. A life with a crushed leg. But to others perhaps the word "hero" is not enough. Const. Jim Moir is a BC RCMP officer who was by the side of the road talking to Buffy-Anne Troy, 15, after happening across the Troy family's truck which lost control near Yale. The family had been returning from a funeral in Kamloops, B.C. when their vehicle slid off the road in freezing rain.

Then, it happened again, two other trucks coming down the hill also lost control on the ice and were headed towards them in a series of collisions. That is when Moir threw the girl to safety in a ditch before a truck pinned him against another vehicle.

"This was obviously a split-second decision where the constable realized what was happening, and his first thought was to do whatever was necessary to protect this girl," said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen. "He clearly put her safety ahead of his own."

"I feel amazed that he would do that," Buffy-Anne said. "He's a real hero because if it wasn't for him, I would be seriously injured or dead. I'm so grateful."

"He's a giant of a man with a great bear of a heart," Moir's friend Shaun Kevilovski said. Moir is six-foot-six, 112 kg, and has served on the RCMP for 18 years, working with the Fraser Valley Traffic Services. "I was not surprised to hear he had done something like that."

Moir is expected to be off work for a several months.

In the line of duty?  Or, above and beyond?  Definitely, a hero.

There are those who do the right thing for others, and sometimes they get seriously harmed (not to mention risked their own life) in doing so. Proof that human kind cares for each other.

There is Hope....for tomorrow.

http://www.primetimecrime.com/
http://www.theprovince.com/news/UPDATED+Mountie+throws+Abbotsford+teen+safety+before+being+pinned+truck/4219640/story.html

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