Don’t Mess with Seniors

Anyone who believes that folks in their 50s and 60s are too old to make a difference hasn’t met a certain woman from Baton Rouge and a certain man from Kansas City.

Both of these Good Samaritans could have passively sat back and watched an injustice occur in front of them recently. Instead, they valiantly rushed to the aid of a victim, even though it meant confronting someone bigger and stronger than them.

Senior Helps Police Officer Fight Off Attacker

Fifty-six-year-old Vickie Williams-Tillman of Baton Rouge was shopping when she witnessed a 28-year-old man who, while being arrested for drug paraphernalia, grabbed the police officer’s baton. The man struck the officer with the baton, then tried to remove the officer’s gun from his holster.

Vickie quickly called 911 to report the incident, but was concerned the officer might be injured before help arrived. Disregarding her own safety, she ran up to the perpetrator and jumped on his back. She slowed the assault long enough for another officer to arrive and subdue the attacker.

Man Uses Cane to Rescue Bus Driver from Attacker

Meanwhile in Kansas City, a man harassing a bus driver grabbed the driver around the neck from behind. Nobody else wanted to get involved, but a senior citizen wasn’t about to let that stop him from trying to help the victim.

The senior left his seat and used the only weapon at his disposal – his cane – to repeatedly whack the offender. The attacker left the bus, but the unidentified senior citizen gave him a verbal challenge.

“Come on,” he said. “I got something else for you. Come on. Get over here.”

The attacker thought better of tangling again with the surprisingly combative senior and stayed off the bus. A few minutes later, the man was arrested by police.

Once they learned the senior citizen had broken his cane while protecting the bus driver, city officials said they would give him a new one as soon as they located him. Maybe they should add a medal to that presentation.

Vickie was honored during a press conference by the Baton Rouge mayor, who hailed her as a “hero” and said that she “epitomizes the true Good Samaritan.”

Seniors don’t often receive the respect they deserve. That’s why it warms my heart to see stories like these, where a senior displays the kind of bravery that many younger and stronger people fail to exhibit.

Jumping into a physical confrontation might not always be the wisest thing for a senior citizen to do, especially if the attacker is holding a weapon. But sometimes we act on our instincts and the results can be life-changing.

Now let’s see whether the American Civil Liberties Union – which usually displays more sympathy for criminals than for victims – jumps in to sue these seniors for physically confronting the attackers.

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