The heroes among us

Local business rightly honored men who risked lives to save little girl

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Heroes walk among us.


They don’t get ticker-tape parades or trading cards with their pictures on them. They often don’t get any attention or recognition at all. They simply do what they do and then walk among us.

If they’re still able to walk, that is. Heroes, after all, are people who risk their own interests, often their physical safety, to help others in need.

While our often trivial society pays tributes to others we consider “heroes” – athletes, movie stars and such – the real heroes blend into the background.

Not this time. Not in this town.

An Augusta business, Career Personnel, this past week honored two local men for entering a burning house early Aug. 6 to save a 4-year-old girl inside.

Felande Ross, 19, and Miller Jenkins, 22, became aware that while two girls, ages 7 and 9, had escaped the flames at 3620 Meadowgrove Drive, their 4-year-old sister was trapped inside. After rescuing her, Ross continued to enter the home to find their father, until the roof collapsed. His body was found later in what appeared to be the aftermath of a kitchen fire.

Ross easily could’ve died himself – either from smoke inhalation, the collapsing roof or other hazards of a fully engulfed home.

As a token of the entire community’s esteem, really, Career Personnel founder Louise Aronow honored the two men Wednesday with plaques, cash awards and hugs. The company also is working to find the men employment.

Anyone looking for a hero?

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Riverman1 08/20/12 - 07:31 am
Those guys reacted bravely

Those guys reacted bravely. You can trust them to do the right thing. I hope things turn out well for them. We need people who will do the right thing no matter the risk.

Jane18 08/20/12 - 07:58 am

Thank you Career Personnel for recognizing these two heroes. When I read about them, I knew they were two very brave people. I really hope employment can be found for them...........

just an opinion
just an opinion 08/20/12 - 10:12 am
Continue on doing great things!

Gentlemen- If you didn't already know it, you do now. You can can achieve great things for yourself and others. It will be hard to top this but why not continue on this heroic path for you, your family and others.

scoopdedoop64 08/20/12 - 10:38 pm
Yes We Can

Riverman1, I agree with your comment that we need more people who will do the right thing regardless. I would say that only happens when each one of us decides that we are going to be that kind of person. We can't wait for others to step up. We have to be the kind of people that when our moment comes to be a hero we are ready! Personal integrity, honesty and sacrifice are the characteristics we need to develop in each one of us so that when our moment may come we are ready.

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