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October 1, 2011

I have written before that Everyday Heroes are just regular people like you and me; people who sacrifice for others; people who do the right thing when confronted with a challenge.

But, in the instance of Antonio Diaz Chacon and his wife, Martha, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, these Everyday Heroes not only sacrificed their personal safety and did the right thing, they granted to strangers a priceless gift: The life of a little girl who would otherwise probably not be alive today.

Antonio and Martha witnessed the kidnapping of a six-year-old girl in their neighborhood. They didn’t know the girl or her family. They didn’t know if the kidnapper was armed with a weapon. They didn’t know if there was more than one man in the van that sped away with the little girl. The only thing they knew was they had no choice but to do the right thing.

While Martha Chacon called 9-1-1, Antonio jumped into his truck and gave chase, following the kidnapper for 15 minutes until the man crashed his van into a pole. Suppressing his fear for his own safety, Antonio leaped from his truck and ran to the kidnapper’s van, from which he pulled the little girl and took her to his vehicle. The kidnapper escaped on foot and was later apprehended by the Albuquerque Police.

The police found straps and duct tape in the van and discovered that the back seats from the vehicle had been removed to allow the kidnapper room to work on his victim.

Click here to take a look at Antonio:  Quick-thinking hero Antonio Diaz Chacon chased down kidnapper, saved 6-year-old

This 24-year-old is the antithesis of the square-jawed, athletic superhero portrayed in books and films. Not only can he not leap tall buildings in a single bound, he might have trouble leaping over a three-foot wall. But he has the qualities Everyday Heroes have: Courage, willingness to risk his safety for another’s benefit, and a need to do the right thing.

And how about Martha? She acted without hesitation and without a moment’s thought. She didn’t try to prevent her husband from getting involved. The two of them acted as a team to save a little girl and give that little girl’s family the greatest gift of all: Life.

Equally importantly, Antonio and Martha gave millions of people across the United States and the world an example to follow. They showed us all what it means to be Everyday Heroes.

Joseph Badal is the author of The Pythagorean Solution, Terror CellThe Nostradamus Secret and the Evil Deeds.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Judith Beatty permalink
    October 14, 2011 3:33 pm

    This story is retold so beautifully. I didn’t know that Sr. Diaz Chacon chased the perpetrator for so long — 15 minutes! This sheds a whole new light on his incredible bravery. At any point during that period he could have decided to give up and turn back, but he didn’t. God bless him and his wife.

    • October 16, 2011 4:04 pm

      Thank you for your feedback. It was the fact that the Chacons never gave up that made them Everyday Heroes.

  2. October 16, 2011 8:47 pm

    What a wonderful, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it.

    • November 23, 2011 8:21 pm

      Sorry about this late reply, but thank you for your feedback. If you want to continue seeing my monthly blogs about Everyday Heroes please click the follow button below.

  3. October 24, 2011 10:26 am

    The story of Martha and Antonio Diaz Chacon renews faith in society. All too often we hear news reports of violence occuring and no one assisting the victim, stories of continuous wrongdoing in our neighborhoods and in public. Soon we forget that good people do remain among us, that they do exist, but stories such as the Chacon’s actions are great reminders to not give up hope on society. You can only imagine how thankful the girl’s parents were that the Chacon’s stepped forward and took action. How do you adequately say Thank You to a man and woman who just saved your child’s life?

    During my years in the Corps, and as a law enforcement officer, I witnessed many unselfish acts performed by “everyday people.” The greatest acts of humanity were often achieved by the most humble, unlikely person – whether a neighbor or a Medal of Honor receipient.

    Good Writing. I enjoyed your blog.
    Glenn Starkey, Author
    Solomon’s Men
    The Cobra and Scarab
    Year of the Ram

  4. November 23, 2011 8:22 pm

    Thanks, Glenn. I will write a monthly edition of my blog about Everyday Heroes. Please click the follow button below if you want to automatically receive these monthly postings.

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