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As my cousin sat having lunch last Friday, the fact that her life was about to be in danger was probably the furthest thing from her mind. The restaurant was crowded, she knew most of the people there, and even spoke to some of them before picking out her table.

My cousin, who’s a District Judge, was minding her own business when a man came at her, stabbing her five or six times, as she screamed and kicked at her assailant, trying to get away – trying to save her life. Which is when another restaurant patron, Victor Gainer, came to her rescue, ultimately pushing the perpetrator through a plate-glass window and holding him at bay until the police arrived.

At this point, I’d like to note that my cousin is physically fine – none of her wounds were severe or life-threatening – although I’m sure she will never forget that day or ever be able to recover the same sense of security she had until that day.

There’s also no doubt in my mind that Victor Gainer saved her life last week.

We see so many news casts of crime victims who are all but ignored by passers-by, who take the time to stare, but won’t get involved to help. So it’s easy to lose faith in the goodness of people, easy to  assume that qualities of bravery and courage in the face of danger exist only on the battlefield.

Victor Gainer proved that’s not the case. Acting with selfless bravery and courage, Victor reacted as only a man of strong character would react. And in the end, our character, our integrity, are the only things we really have – the only things that matter.

Thank you Victor, for saving my cousin’s life. My family will never be able to repay you, but we can relay the story of your character. And you will always be our hero.


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