These are the real heroes.
With all of the tragedies that keep occurring around the globe, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of the good guys. While the heroes are supposed to be those that sign themselves over to serve and protect our country, sometimes it’s people you would never expect. Skateboarders can stereotypically be viewed as rebels of society, four young skateboarders proved all of those assumptions wrong in just one heroic move that changed a girl’s life forever.
Fortunately, these four men were recognized for their outstanding good deed, and received an honor at the 2016 Chief’s Awards Gala in Calgary, Canada.
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The four men were riding together when they came across a woman being sexually assaulted
A 15-year-old girl, who appeared to be intoxicated and distraught on April 2, 2015, was reportedly being carried by a well-dressed man in the underground parkade at Chinook Mall. At first, Arnaud Nimenya, Carsyn Wright, James Hielema and Starlyn Rives-Perez questioned the man. He told them that he was trying to call the girl’s father for a ride home, which convinced them to let him carry on. They came back a few minutes later to check, but unfortunately, found that the man was not telling the truth. “He had her in a stairwell, bent over, and just, it was disgusting,” one of the skaters said at the gala’s press conference.
The boys moved in quickly to stop the man
After realizing what was going on, the men moved in to break up the sexual assault. They told the press, “He was trying to walk out and walk away from us. He pushed me aggressively out of the way, kinda like just gives me the smile, like, ‘I can do this. You can’t do anything about it.'” The four then teamed up for the most heroic action that they could take in that kind of situation.