Moundsville resident Wilfred L. Spencer III is truly a hero among us. He was recognized last week, when he received a Carnegie Hero Fund medal recipient.
Carnegie medals are given each year to residents of the U.S. or Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Four of the awardees for 2012 died in their attempts. Spencer spent a night in the hospital and endured surgery after his rescue of a Wheeling woman resulted in multiple stab wounds.
Tiffany L. Aumick was standing at a Wheeling bus stop in January of last year when a man assaulted her. Spencer was driving by in his truck, just in time to see the man pulling back Aumick's head, holding the knife to her throat and cutting her face as she struggled. Spencer parked his truck and approached the scene. He was able to diffuse the situation enough to get Aumick into his truck before the other man charged him and stabbed him repeatedly. By the time police arrived, however, the wounded Spencer had managed to overpower his assailant, who was then arrested.
How many of us, confronted with such a situation, would have had the courage to act as Spencer did?
We have had occasion during the past several days to witness others running toward danger to help, in Boston and West, Texas. But we do not have to wonder whether there are those with the same selfless desire to help others living right here in the Ohio Valley, as well.