It turns out, chivalry is not dead.
The New York Daily News shared this story of three men who died protecting their girlfriends during the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado at the Dark Knight Rises screening.
As the mad man began his shooting rampage on the audience, all three men acted on instinct and hurled their dates onto the floor to get them out of harm’s way. In the process, each man was shot trying to protect his lady. And each man lost his life while saving another.
In the midst of this terrible tragedy, these stories of heroism bring hope as we learn that all three men—Jon Blunk, Alex Teves, and Matt McQuinn—were young guys in their twenties. While their lives ended early, their legacies will endure.
Many would say chivalry is fading with each generation of men. But these acts of valor reveal the instinct in guys to protect and defend those we care about is alive and well. It’s too bad it takes a tragedy like this to see it.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that’s not always kind and peaceful. We need heroes who are willing and able to protect, defend, and help those in need. Who are courageous and overcome fears. Who take care of themselves so they can take care of others.
To my fellow man I ask, are you prepared to save the day? If something terrible were to happen, are you willing and able to protect and defend those you care about? Should the moment arrive when someone is in need of rescue, will you have what it takes to help and potentially save a life?
This is part of what it means to be a good sir.