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A born and raised Southern Belle, Rebecca is currently studying at Presbyterian College looking to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a reporter. An avid blogger, she works with the online newspaper The Hudsucker. She also is a part-time Social Media Marketing Consultant. Rebecca is a proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma who's philanthropy serves children. Rebecca also has the distinct privilege of working with Sounds of Pertussis where she campaigns about the awareness of Pertussis and it's prevention by the Adult Tdap booster. This honor is done in loving member of her cousin, Landon Carter Dube, who's life was taken too soon from this disease. Rebecca loves her Lord Jesus Christ and enjoys pursuing her passion for telling people's stories!

Angels in Darkness

There is a story that begins with a curious little girl. She is watching the news with her mother, and sees all the “bad” news that comes across the screen in big, bold letters of BREAKING NEWS. This BREAKING NEWS typical includes tragedies she realized, even in her young mind. She looked inquisitively at her mother and asked why such bad things happen? Her mother smiled gently and looked at the little girl. “Look for the men and women in uniform, it’s a reminder that there is good among the bad.”

In recent news, there has been many instances where the public has asked the same question as the little girl. “Why do bad things happen?” It is an understandable question that is raised when we see the evil that exist in this world when tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing occur.

An elementary school, and an annual, popular marathon. These are suppose to be places of safety, of good times with loved ones or friends. The last thing anyone expects to occur is a shooting or a bombing. These types of unexpected incidents take us aback and shake us to our core.

In Newton, Conneticut twenty-six lives were fatally taken. A sinister plot that no human mind could quite comprehend. It makes questions of what good is left in the would, arise. However, just as the little girl’s mother told her to do, look for the first responders and be reminded of the good left in the world.

For instance, during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the children were put as top priority for the first responders, despite the terrible scene that was before them. Ray Corbo, first assistant fire chief at Newton Hook and Latter, recalls the horrific images he witnessed at the elementary school. A police officer who ran by him, carrying a young boy with blood covering his uniform.

He didn’t care about his uniform or himself, it was about the child.

The same resounding action was taken by the first responders at the Boston Marathon bombing.  National Guard members were present at the Boston Marathon, simply marching in full uniform to raise money. They were not working, but did not hesitate to jump into action following the bombings.

First Responders at Boston Marathon bombing. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

The Washington Times reported that “Due to the skill of the first responders, most of the victims arrived at nearby hospitals within fifteen to thirty minutes of the time of the blasts.”

These first responders are like angels among the chaos. They put themselves last and the victims first, jumping into action immediately to save lives. This immediate action ends up saving numerous lives when  tragedy unfolds. When watching the news and all that seems to be told is the stories of the horror, the tragedy, or the bad; listen to the wise words of that mother. Look for the angels in disguise as first responders. They are the rays of hope in the darkness of this world.

A reminder that good triumphs evil, and the enduring human spirit that can exist within all of us.

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