• In December of 2010 in Dayton, Ohio, police officer Jonathan Seiter stopped a man for a routine traffic violation, and the man started to attack him. Officer Seiter was unable to draw his gun, and the situation was dangerous. Angela Pierce, an African-American, was in a car with an elderly aunt, and she jumped out of the car and started punching the attacker with her fists. She later told CNN, “I didn’t even think about what [the suspect] could have had. I didn’t think about what he could have done to me. I just went and tried to help.” With her help, and with the help of police backup in the form of Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Colbert, who arrived after Ms. Pierce, Officer Seiter was able to subdue the attacker. Usually, ordinary citizens should not get involved in altercations between police officers and other people, but in this case Ms. Pierce did the right thing. Sgt. Larry Tolpin of the Dayton Police Department said, “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not endorsing that citizens participate in this manner. But under this particular circumstance, it was very commendable of her.”
• In January 2011, Eva Orchard of Clearfield, Utah, experienced car trouble while driving on a cold mountain road. Because she knew little about cars and had no cell phone with her, she simply waited in her car and hoped that someone would stop and help her. Fortunately, after 20 minutes, a kind man named Bill stopped. Investigating the source of the car trouble, he thought that she had a faulty fuel pump. He had a cell phone, so he called AAA to come and tow the car, and he called Ms. Orchard’s daughter. After the AAA tow truck arrived, Bill drove Ms. Orchard to where her car was being towed. He also declined payment for having helped her. In a letter to the editor of the Standard-Examiner, Ms. Orchard wrote, “I want everyone to know there are some really good Samaritans out there. I thank Bill for stopping and for all he did to see that I was well taken care of on such a cold morning.”
• In September of 2010, a taxi driver in Thailand found US$6,500 and Bt26,000 that a passenger had left behind. Duan Sosarn, age 34, whose right hand had been amputated, is an honest taxi driver. He took the money to Police Radio FM 91, which then located the passenger who had lost the money: Myo Htut, from Burma. Mr. Sosarn said that he wanted to be a good example to his son and that keeping the money would have been wrong. The police gave Mr. Sosarn a shield of honor on October 13, which is National Police Day in Thailand.
• Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach celebrated Purim in 1963 in grand style. Flush with money from a standing-room-only concert the previous night, he hired a small truck and a driver, and then went to three stores — a wine shop, a pastry shop, and a grocery shop — where he bought out the entire inventory of each of the three stores. After the truck was fully loaded, he started to make deliveries of shalach monos(gift baskets for the needy) to families throughout Jerusalem.
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