Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Real-Life Heroes: Heroism in Wisconsin

As if the Colorado shooting wasn't enough, a monster opens fire in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. A moment of silence for the victims, and a moment to honor those risked and gave their lives in the defense of others. 

"The six killed in Sunday's attack were identified by police as five men -- Kaleka; Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Prakash Singh, 39, and Suveg Singh, 84 -- and a woman, 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur."

Satwant Singh Kaleka

Earlier Monday, the son said he was not surprised his father tried to stop the gunman at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
"It's an amazing act of heroism, but it's also exactly who he was," Amardeep Kaleka told CNN Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ. "There was no way in God's green Earth that he would allow somebody to come in and do that without trying his best to stop it."

Amardeep Kaleka told CNN that the FBI told him his father attacked the shooter in the lobby, resulting in a "blood struggle." A knife close to the victim's body showed blood on it, he said.
"From what we understand, he basically fought to the very end and suffered gunshot wounds while trying to take down the gunman," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, Satwant's nephew.

Lt. Brian Murphy

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, a 21-year veteran and a finalist to be police chief two years ago, is being called a hero for his selfless actions during the rampage.
Moments after Murphy was shot, more officers arrived at the scene. Among them was Sam Lenda, a 32-year veteran Oak Creek police officer. 

 Lenda, who is also being hailed as a hero for his actions....He had been shot nine times, one of them very serious in the neck area, and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple and assist those in there," Edwards said Monday.

While Murphy remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, Edwards said he was resting and surrounded by his family. Lenda did not wish to discuss the shootings Monday.
"Lenda does not consider himself a hero and is not interested in being a part of any story to that effect," said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. "He feels as though he was only doing his job."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Real-Life Heroes: Heroism in Colorado

While there was a Joker, sadly, there was no Batman. But there were real-life heroes. Let us honor and remember them, and name them where appropriate.

From left to right: Jon Blunk, Alex Teves and Matt McQuinn were killed at a midnight movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Friday while protecting their girlfriends from bullets. (Credit: CBS News/Personal Photos)

(CBS News) As the gunman fired into the darkened theater, one of the youngest survivors tried to save the youngest victims.
At a church in Aurora Sunday, pastor Michael Walker told a story of heroism, how a 13-year-old struggled to save the life of 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest person to die.
Pastor Michael Walker: "If you could imagine a 13-year-old giving CPR to a 6-year-old who is dying. It's a tragedy."
That 13-year-old is Kaylan.
"I'm still in shock. I don't think that it's hit me yet what I've been through," Kaylan said.
Kaylan's mother, Heather, asked us not to use their last name. They want privacy to recover, but agreed to share Kaylan's story.
"She was trying everything she could to save another human being," Heather said.

If you know of any one else who should be added to this list, feel free to leave a comment below.

Christian Bale visits Colorado Massacre Survivors

From Access Hollywood: "Christian Bale Visits Dark Knight Rises Shooting Victims"

AURORA, Colo. --
Batman star Christian Bale visited survivors of the Colorado theater shooting Tuesday, and thanked medical staff and police officers who responded to the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

Bale visited with little advance warning and also stopped by a makeshift memorial to victims near the movie theater that was showing “The Dark Knight Rises” when the gunfire erupted.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Words of Wisdom from George Takei

Words of wisdom from George Takei's Facebook wall on today's Batman/Colorado massacre. I am at a loss of words to express how I feel about all this. For better and for worse, this is more than just entertainment. This statement goes to show why Mr. Takei has won so many fans from all sides of the spectrum. Thank you.

The Dark Knight Rises/Colorado

A moment of silence.