“She Needed Help and We Needed to be There for Her”

On 2 April 2015, at 11:15 p.m., teenagers Arnaud Nimenya, Carsyn Wright, James Hielema, and Starlyn Rives-Perez took action and became heroes. They were skateboarding at Chinook Mall in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when they saw a man. He was carrying a crying 15-year-old girl who was obviously intoxicated. Mr. Wright said, “The guy was dressed in very nice clothes like he would be here [at the 2016 Calgary Police Service Chief’s Awards ceremony] tonight, and the girl was all dirty, she was crying, her nose was bleeding.” They questioned the man, who said that he was attempting to get the girl to her parents. The man left, carrying the girl, but he carried her into a stairwell. Mr. Starlyn Rives-Perez said, “We didn’t know what was going on at first, and we didn’t know whether to trust the guy.”  The skateboarders followed to investigate, and they discovered the man sexually assaulting the girl. The man fled, with Mr. Nimenya, Mr. Hielema, and Mr. Rives-Perez chasing him. Mr. Wright, who stayed with the girl, said, “You can’t just leave a girl and like she was young, 15 years old. She needed help and we needed to be there for her. “Instinct took over, I guess. I saw someone that needed help, and I just did everything I could to help her.” The four teenagers were given Calgary Police Service Chief’s Awards. Police Chief Roger Chaffin said, “This is the true nature of Calgarians. To come out, and see somebody in trouble, and just act to help people out.”

For Further Information: Brodie Thomas, “Skateboarding Samaritans among 25 honored at Chief’s Awards Gala.” Metro News (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). 2 June 2016 <http://tinyurl.com/hyqn4zq>.

For Further Information: Sarah Rieger, “Calgary Police Chief’s Awards Gala Honours Skateboarders Who Stopped Sexual Assault.” The Huffington Post Alberta. 3 June 2016 <http://tinyurl.com/jhrtcrx>.

For Further Information: Bindu Suri, “Everyday Calgarians honoured for extraordinary deeds receive Chief’s Award.” Global News (Canada). 3 June 2016 <http://tinyurl.com/zsnxr8b>.

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