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Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Selfless Courage...

Is it such a rare thing to come across an act of selfless courage it todays society or am I just tainted by the news media?

It seems to me that people are increasingly against putting themselves into harms way to help our fellow citizens. And really, can you blame them? The risks are great, both physical and mental, though sometimes those risks pale in comparison to the mental ones encountered when you do not act as or when you should.

After reading todays early morning news I was struck by a story out of Richmond BC.

With his face bruised and scarred and both eyes bloodied and nearly swollen shut, Kevin Venn looks more like a victim than a rescuer. But the 20-year-old Richmond resident is both. Venn was badly beaten when he tried to save a woman from an alleged sexual assault early Saturday morning.
Taken from this article appearing in The Calgary Sun August 4, 2004

E-Mail I sent to the Vancouver RCMP (after being unable to track down a Richmond RCMP e-mail contact address):
I realize that this may not be the most appropriate place to send this message but I would rather not interrupt his life more than it already has.

I just want to take a moment to thank Kevin Venn for his selfless act of courage. Often, in todays society, we are unwilling to help others in need and it is more difficult than I can imagine to break away from thoughts of self-safety as acts of violence occur in our lives - even when directed against other people. What he did is almost against the norm and that kind of courage and honour is what our children need as role models. I am sure that the pain of his injuries will heal long before the mental ones would have healed if he had not done as he had. Our bodies can heal if given the proper care - but often it is ourselves who must try to heal the wounds of society.

Again, from the bottom of my heart I thank him.


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