Sunday, December 16, 2012

Victoria Soto - my latest Super Hero

There are many careers and jobs that put one in harms way.  Armed forces, police officers, fire fighters, SWAT teams and many others that fall into this category.  When these brave people report to work for the day, there is a chance they may not come home.  These people are my heros.  Without them, our country wouldn’t be free or my family wouldn’t be safe.

But there is also another category, that I call Super Hero.  There aren’t many people that go into this category, there are just a few.  In order to be a supe rhero, you are typically thrown into an impossible situation where you have a split second to make a decision.

My first super hero is someone named Todd Beamer.  For those that don’t know, he was a passenger on flight 93 on September 11, 2001.  That was the 4th plane that never made it to its intended target.  Todd and others on the plane had found out what had happened to the other 3 planes and they knew if they sat back and did nothing, many people were going to die.  So, they took action and stormed the cockpit.  The plane crashed and all on board died, but they saved so many.  In a split second they made the decision to fight evil and they won.  Todd Beamer was my first super hero.  He was just a regular guy thrown into an impossible situation and he is a super hero.

I have a new super hero.  Her name is Victoria Soto (or known as Vicki Soto).  She was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook school where so many innocent lives were lost a few days ago, including 20 children aged 6-7 years old.  When this tragic event started happening, Vicki had a split second to react.  She knew what was going on.  She instructed her kids to hide in the cabinets and closets.  When evil entered her room, she told him the kids were in the gym.  He murdered Vicki while the kids hid and were safe.  Not a single child in Vicki’s room was injured.  Vicki was thrown into an impossible situation and she had a split second to make the decision what to do.  Vicki called her students, her “16 angels”.  Those 16 kids are going to have the opportunity to experience life because of Vicki Soto, my newest super hero.

Michael Ginsberg