Four heroes were awarded for their bravery at the Calgary Chief’s Awards Gala. These 4 skateboarders did their best to save a girl from the unthinkable — and stayed around to capture the assailant. Here’s my note of thanks.
To the 4 Heroes on Skateboards,
Arnaud Nimenya, Carsyn Wright, James Hielema and Starlyn Rivas-Perez, I don’t know you, but thank you.
When you saw a well-dressed man carrying a drunk young lady through a parking garage in Calgary, thank you for being concerned.
When you heard her start screaming and yelling, thank you for stopping to ask why.
When he told you that he was trying to call her dad to pick her up, thank you for being respectful in giving a stranger the benefit of the doubt but remaining suspicious anyway.
“You don’t want to really think of the worst in somebody like that,” you said. “You don’t want the situation to be real, so you just brush it off and hope for the best.”
But thank you for doing the exact opposite when your gut intuition told you something was dead wrong.