Thursday, March 24, 2016

A crumb from Brussels, Belgium

Remember the TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," where Fred Rogers gently explained life to his youthful viewers? If some tragic event was on everyone's mind, Mister Rogers reassured worried children by reminding them, "When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' I am always comforted by realizing that there are so many helpers -- so many caring people in the world." After the recent airport bombings in Brussels, one of those helpers was Alphonse Lyoura, shown here.

Lyoura is a 40-year-old airport baggage security officer. When passengers panicked and ran for their lives, he stayed put -- helping people who were injured in the blasts. "I helped at least six or seven wounded people," he said. "It was total panic everywhere." His natural instinct to help was recognized on the Internet, where one reader compared his heroism to Mister Rogers "helpers." Lyoura proved that terrorism cannot paralyze people who are guided by their heart instead of their head.

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