As I wrote in one of my other articles, “An Open Letter to Those Who Would Harm the Police or Citizens of These United States” there seems to be a trend where people are willing to step in and take action more to help out their fellow man, especially police officers in need. Where not too many years ago it seemed as if people would just drive by and do nothing to assist officers in need, now people have come to realize they can make a huge difference, and even ultimately save the officers lives.
Recently, video footage from a dash cam video was released of two more upstanding citizens who decided that helping out a fellow human being, even though it was a police officer, was worth the risk. Not knowing if they themselves would be injured or worse, they still stepped up and aided the officer.
On Feb. 20th, 2017 in Berrien County Michigan, State Trooper Gary Guild was chasing a stolen motorcycle on US 31. As the chase was going down the roadway, people who saw the flashing lights or heard the siren of the trooper’s patrol car pulled over to the side of the road. One of those who pulled over was Keith Pepple. Keith was geocaching (a form of treasure hunting using GPS Coordinates) and little did he know or have any idea of what he would involve himself in just minutes later and a short distance down the road.
The motorcycle crashed and the driver charged at and attacked the trooper. Pepple pulled back onto the roadway after the trooper and motorcycle had passed him, but on getting down the road, he saw the trooper in a life and death struggle with the motorcycle driver. Just as Pepple decided to stop and help, another vehicle pulled off the roadway, and the driver of that vehicle ran to the struggling pair and put the trooper in a head lock. Now it was two on one! The motorcyclist was later identified as 21 year old Michael Barber, and the second attacker was 19 year old Travis Wise, Barber’s brother.
Regardless of the fact there were now two attackers, Pepple still stopped and decided to get involved. Pepple came to the trooper’s aid, running up and knocking the attacker off of him. All of them went to the ground. Pepple placed Barber in a headlock, but Wise was still trying to choke the trooper. Then Pepple released Barber and put Wise in a headlock.
Just then another passerby, 44 year old Jerry Burnham, also stopped and came to the trooper’s aid. With Burnham’s help, the attackers were outnumbered and were subdued and arrested. They are facing multiple charges, included assault with intent to murder the trooper.
These two outstanding citizens saved that trooper’s life. They decided to stop and help the trooper rather than take out their cell phones and record the trooper dying at the hands of these scumbags. As I have said before, people are tired of the violence directed at law enforcement and their fellow man in general, and are becoming more and more willing to stand up for what is right and to help out. Even when they know there is a possibility of danger to themselves, they still step up and help.
My thanks to Mr. Pepple and Mr. Burnham for stopping and helping their fellow man, and in this case, a State Trooper. And to those out there that may come across fellow human beings in need, stop and help! You never know when you may need help like that someday, and you would want others to stop too. We are our brother’s and sister’s keepers.