There are many acts of heroism that occur everyday which can save lives and prevent dangerous situations from occurring. People who choose to risk their own lives to save someone else do it without thinking of whether or not they will be killed as a result.
According to MSNBC, Brian Wood from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is now considered a hero for his selfless act to save two people he loved. Wood swerved a car containing his wife Erin, who was pregnant with the couple’s child, away from an oncoming collision. Brian made sure that he swerved in a direction so that he would take most of the impact of the collision without thinking of the danger he put himself in. Brian ended up dying in the ensuing crash, and his wife claims he saved her and their baby’s life with his heroic actions.
The story of Brian Wood is similar to a heroic act by a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio, this past weekend. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Christine Mae Withrow was standing outside with her daughter, granddaughter and neighbor when suddenly a drive-by shooting occurred. There was a car that began driving near where Withrow lived very slowly and, before she knew it, the men in the car began shooting toward her direction. Withrow did not hesitate to grab her grandchild, who was playing on a nearby step, and she shielded the 2-year-old girl with her arms. One of the stray bullets ended up hitting Withrow in her arm and went through her chest as she tried to run with the small child in her arm. Withrow died from the gunshot wound on her porch about 15 minutes later; she was 42-years-old.
Withrow is a hero because she unknowingly gave her own life to save the life of her granddaughter by shielding her from the bullets heading in their direction. Withrow died protecting a family member, her precious 2-year-old granddaughter, which shows just how selfless she was. What happened to Withrow is a tragedy, and it shows that there are people out there who are willing to give their lives to save someone else, especially to keep a young child out of danger.
Both Wood and Withrow are heroes because they gave their lives to save the life of someone else, and, in both cases, a child was involved. Each person made a choice to endanger their own lives to help protect someone else from getting injured or killed. Wood and Withrow knew in their minds that they were ultimately risking their lives, which shows how selfless they both were.
The incident with Withrow is so poignant for me because I realize how heroic it is to think of a child rather than yourself. A lot of people would have run inside not thinking twice about a child being outside, but not Withrow. She showed true heroism by deciding to grab her granddaughter and shielding her before protecting herself. It just really gets to me because the shooting and her death were senseless and did not have to happen. I know if I was in that situation, I would be protecting a child or younger person instead of thinking about myself. Both of these people are heroes and saved the life of someone in their families because they chose to do something which endangered their own lives.
Michael Inbar, “Husband steers into crash to save wife, unborn child”, MSNBC and Today Show
Jennifer Baker, “Woman Died Protecting Grandchild”, Cincinnati Enquirer