A couple of weeks ago we had a shooting, two people were seriously injured, one of them was later arrested.
One thing you learn as a cop, firefighter, nurse, or physician is that people do horrific things to each other and, in the midst of that, we also have people who do just the opposite.
Kyle Langlois is a guy who did the opposite.
Upon hearing the gunshots he looked through the wood line from his place of employment and saw one of shooters get into a car and drive away.
Kyle ran to help the other.
Kyle fashioned a tourniquet from his belt, applied it, and then put pressure on other visible wounds of the gunshot victim.
Kyle’s action saved a leg, more than likely a life.
Kyle works at Sprague’s Nursery. He didn’t have to get involved. But he did.
Responding officers Eric Lund and Tyler Johnston stopped by the greenhouse to deliver a very small token of our appreciation for his quick and decisive action. Kyle accepted the challenge coin with a humble graciousness.
Heroes dwell among us. We just want to say it’s pretty cool to know one of them who has a brave heart and a green thumb.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
We will be here.
BPD Duck of Justice is published occasionally in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for July 4.