Something that still fascinates me about the Mexican people is their willingness to help others – even in dangerous situations.
I was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and I spent the majority of my years on a busy night shift. I routinely responded to dangerous and/or violent calls in progress (e.g. domestic violence). By the end of my career, I had responded to thousands of these types of calls and I can tell you from experience that it is extremely rare for a person to place themselves in harm’s way to aid a non-family member.
I’m not saying that people won’t call the police when they hear screaming from a neighbor’s house or if they see someone breaking into a car in a parking lot – most people will at least do that. Nowadays, they may even tape the violence or crime with their cell phones from a safe distance – but the assistance generally stops right there.
This is not the case here in Mexico. In fact, it’s quite common to read newspaper articles where a group of people stepped in to stop a crime in progress and arrest the perpetrator.
One such article appeared in today’s newspaper and it involved an incident that occurred in a residential neighborhood in Cancun.
Around 3:30 in the afternoon, a young woman was attacked by her boyfriend with a knife inside their home. Neighbors heard her screaming for help and several of them immediately entered the residence to intervene.
Think about that for a moment – they entered a residence to confront an armed subject and rescue the victim without the assistance of law enforcement. In my 25 years of responding to domestic violence calls, that never happened once.
In the case in Cancun, neighbors disarmed and detained the suspect until police arrived. They also aided the victim in getting medical attention. The article said that by the end of the incident, around 100 neighbors were involved. That’s incredible.
Let’s Wrap This Up
As I mentioned before, incidents like this one are not rare in Mexico. Over the past 12 months, I have read countless articles about people intervening to stop crimes ranging from burglary to kidnapping. In each of these cases, it wasn’t just a single individual who decided to be a hero – it was a group of people.
Although there are good and bad people in any society, Mexico seems to have more than its fair share of people who are brave, caring and helpful. These core values run deep in the Mexican culture and they’re reflected in the daily actions of the people here.
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