Teen Heroes on Bicycles


Source of Photographs and Captions: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362102/Pennsylvania-teens-save-year-old-girl-kidnapping-chasing-kidnappers-car-BIKES.html


Source of Photo and Caption: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/874775_Quiet-hero-who-helped-save-girl–5–gets-his-day-in-the-spotlight.html#ixzz2Zm4H3JSR

On 11 July 2013, a man between 50 and 70 years old kidnapped Jocelyn Rojas, age five, from the front yard of her home in Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania. Her family notified police, and over 100 people — police officers and volunteers — started searching for Jocelyn. Two high-school students — 15-year-old Temar Boggs and a 13iyear-old friend named Chris Garcia — saw an old white man who seemed to be trying to avoid police officers. They followed him as he drove into some side streets off the main street and they saw a little girl in a car. The driver saw them, stopped, let Jocelyn out, and then sped away. Temar said, “If he wasn’t going to stop, I was probably going to, like, jump on the car.” He added, “As soon as the guy started noticing that we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom.” Temar took her to the police, and they reunited her with her family. Sergeant Jeff Jones said, “It is possible this individual saw the boys following him, and it is possible he got nervous. We don’t know that for sure; I’d sure like to find out.” Jocelyn Rojas’ grandmother Tracey Clay hugged and kissed Temar and told him, “Thank you. You’re our hero.” She told the media, “You see the Amber alerts and you think, ‘I feel for that family.’ But when you’re in that situation, oh my god, it’s horrible. It’s just something you don’t wish on anybody. Horrible, horrible thoughts flashed through my mind.” Temar said, “It was like fate, it was like meant for me and Chris to be there. If we wouldn’t have left [to look for the girl] who knows what would have happened to the little girl.” His mother, Tamika Boggs, said, “You just hope you raise your child the right way. … He’s learning what I tell him, to help others.” Chris said, “It’s really cool to crack cases and be a good person.” He added, “My mom always said to help people when they need help and to keep going on and do good things.” Both Temar and Chris have been acclaimed worldwide. Chris said, “At the end of the day, I’m still the same kid.” Both Chris and Temar were rewarded at the Villa clothing store on North Queen Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a free pair of shoes and socks. Villa’s store manager, Carmen Jimenez, said, “We felt like they deserve some type of reward. I have two [kids], and I would want somebody to do that for my kids if something bad would happen.”

For Further Information: Alex Grieg, “Pennsylvania teens chase down kidnapper’s car on their BIKES and save five-year-old girl.” Daily Mail (UK). 12 July 2013


For Further Information: Dan Nephin, “Lancaster teen Temar Boggs hailed as a hero in 5-year-old’s abduction.” Lancaster Online. 14 July 2013


For Further Information: Ryan Mellon, “Quiet hero who helped save girl, 5, gets his day in the spotlight.” Lancaster Online. 22 July 2013


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