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I feel like there needs to be an imminent risk of self sacrifice.
Given that he kicked in the door of a house that was not his and with no real idea what was going on, one might suppose that he could have been at risk and might have considered that as well before he took action.
He helped, according to his words, "a pretty girl" that was yelling for help
I would suppose that he had no idea what she looked like until he kicked the door in.
If a grown man hears a woman screaming for help, next door, I think he is not only expected to help, but is morally, if not legally obligated to help.
A) "“I'm eating my McDonalds. I come outside and I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house so I go on the porch and she says, ‘Help me get out, I've been in here a long time,’” said Ramsey.
Berry had managed to pry the front door enough to get hand out — and to scream for help.
Ramsey said he and another neighbor named Angel Cordero quickly broke down the door.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/charles-ramsey-america-hero-article-1.1337302#ixzz2SdgMtbeW
B) Ramsey told reporters he’d lived in the neighborhood for “a year” and knew suspect Ariel Castro and his brothers a little.
“You see where I'm coming from?” he said. “I barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and what not, and listen to salsa music. See where I'm coming from?”
But Ramsey said he had no idea there were women being held captive inside the house.
“You got some big testicles to pull this off bro, because we see this dude every day, I mean every day,” he said.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/charles-ramsey-america-hero-article-1.1337302#ixzz2SdhFm0Dc
He didn't do it alone, but the news clip got him the "hero" label.
It wasn't a complete stranger's house. He knew the neighbor that lived there, had hung out with him with his family in the past. If someone is screaming from my neighbor's door, I'll let them out. I wouldn't be a hero.
It wasn't a complete stranger's house. He knew the neighbor that lived there,
had hung out with him with his family in the past. If someone is screaming from
my neighbor's door, I'll let them out. I wouldn't be a hero.
That is too simplistic.
First there were three men living there.
Second the fact that one talks to a neighbor doesn't, not in my mind, guarantee that the neighbor isn't a psycho. And certainly anyone that reads this story and many others that have occurred would conclude that impressions of neighbors can be wrong. Very wrong.
Third, Ramsey already stated that his first thought was domestic violence. Don't know where you live but where I live that means that there is a risk for anyone involved.
Fourth if one encounters a situation that is unusual, which this certainly would be, then a reasonable persons world view of the nature of the neighbor should take a immediate radical shift. At least it should if the person has any intelligence and is even remotely aware of what goes on in the world.
Finally there is a report that there is reward possible. And he stated that it should go to the women instead. At the very least that attitude would seem to be praise worthy.
He didn't just talk to him, he hung out with the guy, with his family, so they weren't complete strangers.
I never said my neighbor was normal either, hell there could be someone in the basement.
Do you feel that this guy did more than what an average citizen is expected to do? Ignoring a scream for help would be a scumbag thing to do, but doing anything to help is heroic? I don't know when helping someone became heroic. If the building was on fire and he went in to rescue someone because they would die, and he could, too, that's heroic. If he fought off an attacker to save someone besides himself, that's heroic. He didn't know what was going on enough to make his actions heroic, he just knew something was wrong without knowing any risk. To commit a heroic act, you must know the risk in your actions. This is heroic and did not go viral internationally, barely made regional news: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/01/madina-lake-bassist-matth_n_632522.html[^]. Opening a locked front door for someone yelling for help is just human.
Giving her the reward is altruistic, not heroic. He's probably getting much more in interviews and promotional work than the reward anyways. Where's the other guy that help, btw.
I really liked the little details
"embarrassing incident in which a dollop splashed on to blueprints for model aeroplanes."
"it was complicated by Mr Nagy suffering from a bout of near-deadly meningitis." - Yup, I'd call that a complication.
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