Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Forgotten Heroes

This is Ron Lantz he was the brave truck driver who saw Muhammed and Malvo at a rest stop, called police than blocked them in with his rig until police arrived. He stopped the killing spree that terrorized MD, DC, & VA but I could not remember his name. I have been thinking about him lately because I did a
post about Muhammed getting 6 life terms in Maryland for his acts during the sniper shootings. I think it was Puffin's (click here to visit his awesome blog, do not forget the links on the sidebar I try to keep them updated) comment that made me think about Ron Lantz. This gentle soul saved so many lives, he put our fears to rest and I could not remember his name; how sad is that? I am not only ashamed but embarrassed to admit that. I wonder why we forget the victims, we forget the heroes, but remember the criminals. Well at least that is how it is for me; I can not speak for everyone. I remember things about the victims like one was a bus driver and father to a large family, the agent who was shot in the Home Depot, ect... but their names escape me. Why does the media always focus on the criminals and not the heroes. Ron Lantz changed our lives in the mid atlantic area but I am sure if I asked 100 people who saved us from these monsters 99% would not remember his name.


At 6/07/2006, Blogger Sonya said...

Awesome post. Great post. We do always remember the bad guys and not the good guys or the victims. This has really opened up my eyes.

At 6/07/2006, Blogger Top cat said...

Very thoughtful post cherish.
I agree with all you've said about the media's focus on the bad guys.
One reason may be is the media plays the same information over and over and over again and again so the names are burned in memory.
I think the story of the hero was only told a few times so we are more apt to forget.

Thanks for reminding us about this great hero.:)

At 6/07/2006, Blogger Fred said...

Great post, Cherish. The media wants to sell advertising. Unfortunately, the worse the stories are, the more they sell. So, they focus on the baddies like Muhammed.

I hope Ron collected some sort of reward.

At 6/07/2006, Blogger The Michael said...

To this very day I remember Lenelle Jeter (not sure of the spelling) who was railroaded onto Texas's death row by a redneck racist prosecutor who didn't like the way he looked and got an all-white jury to convict him on no evidence, despite testimony from his co-workers at Texas Instruments that he was working when the crime he was accused of occured, while his lawyer slept thru most of the very short trial. I have refused to support the death penalty ever since. Jeter was not a crack-head gang banger. He was an electrical engineer.

At 6/07/2006, Blogger StringMan said...

Wonderful post, Cherish. So good to see real heros get some play.

At 6/08/2006, Blogger boo said...

well thought out & posted {{cherish}}

At 6/08/2006, Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks for recognizing this man. He is a hero. Heroes do things not for attention but because they are there at the right time and do the right thing.
I was in a wedding in DC during that Fall when the shootings were going on. My girlfriend at the time and members of my family did not want me to go. Then the news they had been caught at the rest stop. It made the trip so much easier on all of us. Members of the wedding party were held up in traffic cause they had to go by the very rest stop. Would love to see a follow up story about Ron Lantz on the news. But I think he would not want the attention.
By the way, came by way of Puffin's blog.

At 6/08/2006, Blogger cherish said...

Sonya: Thank you so much!

TC: You are very sweet thank you for your kind words.

Fred: I think you are right about the media. I believe he receive part of the reward money for capturing them. I think it was split between a few people.

Michael: I understand your point of view and that is an awful story. But I would love to see both of these men put to death.

Stringman: Thank you very much for your kindness!!!

Boo: Thanks huggssss

Jonathon: Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Puffin has a great blog!

At 6/08/2006, Blogger darlingina said...

Wonderful post cherish. Know that i haven't stopped reading each and every one of your great posts.

At 6/08/2006, Blogger Lisa said...

Cherish you are absolutely right! Thanks for reminding us =)

At 6/09/2006, Blogger LocuTus of Borg said...

Thank the media for that .. like Fred said. We never see them making all the hub-bub about the heroes - thats why I do not watch TV.

At 6/09/2006, Blogger Sonya said...

Hey, girl! Just stopped by to tell you to have a wonderful weekend!

At 6/09/2006, Blogger Schadeboy said...

Came over here from Puffin's blog. You have a distinct point, here. I think it would be exceptionally refreshing for the media to honor and profile the heroes of our nation than to keep putting out the bad stuff.

They say the bad stuff makes for interesting news. But I disagree. I think the media consistently misreads what the public wants. I think deep down, we want to hear the uplifting stuff more. Such things have been proven time and again. They say people want death and violence and sex in their movies, yet movies such as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, and Star Wars consistently make the top grossing films lists. So what does that say about what the "people in the know" know?

It's good to meet you. I look forward to reading more.


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