children’s books: bravery

Often we hear discouraging news about teens. News reports spread the word they are irresponsible or in trouble with the law. But Daniel Wesley is a hero. Perhaps someday he’ll write children’s books about the brave, heroic thing he did to try to help someone.

Daniel was driving his car when he noticed a lady lying in the street. She’d been shot.  He ran to help her, along with another person who was already working to save the life of April Peck. Soon after Daniel arrived, April’s attacker jumped out of his car and fired a shot, hitting him in the butt.  The attacker yelled,’If you’re helping her, you’re going to die too.”

Here’s what Daniel said about the events of that day. He spoke from his hospital bed.

“I wish I could have done more because that lady ended up dying,” he said.

They were trying to help Peck, but her attacker jumped from his Chevy Malibu and fired a round, which struck Wesley in the behind, he said.

“He gets out and he yells, ‘If you’re helping her, you are going to die, too,’ and he shot me in the butt and then he ran after everybody else,” the teen recounted.

The man con firing and hit a paramedic unit. No other people were injured, Wesley said. But the man wasn’t done yet.

“On his way back to the car, he shot me again, in the arm… My feet were hanging off the curb and [when] he pulled away, he hit my legs and broke my femur in half,” Wesley said.

It turned out the attacker was the father of April Peck’s two children. He was shot and killed by the police after the left the scene of the crime.

Daniel is the model of courage don’t you think?  He ignored the potential danger to try to help a stranger. He did everything he could to change the outcome that day. Daniel’s family has set up a Gofundme page to help with his medical expenses. If you’d like to help, here is the link:


For more information, read Bristol Palin’s blog “Patheos Insider.”

copyright 2016 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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