Editorial: Lend a hand

Editorial: Lend a hand

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Thursday, July 27, 2017:

This month, two life threatening situations were reported on extensively by numerous media outlets detailing similar situations. People had extreme difficulty in bodies of water and needed help, and strangers reacted in completely opposite ways.

One situation involved up to 80 people gathering together creating a "human chain" to save a couple caught up in the ocean's rip current in Panama City.  On the other side of the spectrum, I was sickened to hear about five teen boys in South Florida videotaping a man as he drowned in a pond with not as much as a call to authorities for help. Not only did they not help, some of the boys can be heard laughing as the man struggled to stay afloat before he ultimately drowned.

Let's start with the latter of these two situations. While some people may have some degree of pause because they are not willing to risk their own life to save another, not doing anything at all is unjustifiable and beyond comprehension. This was someone's life – where was their humanity? There is no excuse for not doing something.

Moving onto the former, these 80 mostly strangers risked their lives to save someone else's because it's the right thing to do. People lending a hand, in the most literal way, to help someone in need.

I'll try not to get to sanctimonious, but we've got a real problem in our society if we aren't willing to help each other out. Life is precious and we've got to get real about the way some look at life as if it's a video game or a movie. It's not. It's real. We should all be willing to lend a hand, because you'll never know if you're the one that will end up needing that hand.

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