Feel-Good Friday: Three Mississippi teens save three girls and one police officer from drowning

After the devastation caused by a mass shooting this week, an obstructed plan shooting and an elderly Bodega proprietor being charged with fighting for his own life, this story will cleanse your palate.

From the AP .

Corion Evans, 16, jumped into the river around 2: 30 a.m. Sunday after he saw a car drive off the I-10 boat launch. According to Wednesday’s Moss Point Police Department press release, the driver claimed she was just following her GPS but didn’t realize that she was heading for the water’s edge.

WLOX-TV, the Mississippi ABC affiliate, interviewed Evans after the rescue:

” I was like, “I can’t allow any of these people to die.” They need to get out the water,'” Evans, a Pascagoula High School student, told Biloxi, Mississippi, ABC affiliate WLOX. So, I started buying them. I didn’t think about anything .”

Evans, along with one of his best friends Karon “KJ” Bradley, helped the teens get onto the roof.

” I was there to help them stay above the water, and also swim alongside them,” Evans said to the station.

At 80 miles long, and 8,800 square miles, the Pascagoula River is the largest undammed river in the contiguous 48 states. Considered an “ecological jewel,” it is currently being threatened by developers building tributary dams to supposedly combat climate change. But they don’t stop. That is another story.

When Gary Mercer, a Moss Point Police Officer arrived at the scene, he noticed Evans in the water performing the rescue. Mercer jumped in the river with one teenager to help. Unfortunately, the girl panicked and pulled Officer Mercer below the water.

” I turned around. The police officer is there. He’s drowning. He is drowning and is going under water. Evans spoke to WLOX. So, I went there. I went and I grabbed the police officer and I’m like swimming him back until I feel myself I can walk.”

Evans helped the girls reach the shore by coming to the aid of Officer Mercer.

” If Mr. Evans hadn’t assisted, the situation might have turned out differently and all occupants were rescued safely,” stated Brandon Ashley, Moss Point Chief Police Officer.

Corion Evan’s heroism was not overlooked by the community. On Tuesday, Moss Point city officials presented him with a certificate of commendation, recognizing his bravery and heroism in rescuing four people from sure death in the waters.

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This young man’s proud mother was relieved to see her son survive, and that he took responsibility for saving lives.

” I’m happy that nothing happened while he tried to save lives,” Marquita Evan told WLOX. Corion was not thinking only about himself. He was trying to really get all those people out the water.”

According to the station’s news, Evans started swimming at the age of three and was not afraid to jump in the river.

“Twenty-five yards out, so it was a lot of swimming. He said that his legs felt tired afterwards. But, you could have done anything with that water. It was just I didn’t think about it

As we were talking about the Highland Park tragedy and our mutual friend, I made the following observation:

I would not defend these shooters but it is sad that young men in this country of opportunity can be so easily twisted. Although I am sure the answers are complex and complicated, I believe we can find them.

I told him it wasn’t difficult or complicated. The Left and society, as well as the power structures that seek to kill our young women and men, want it to be that way. Three possible solutions I suggested could be used to improve the outcomes of young men. I think Corion Evans’ heroics demonstrates this.

  1. STOP THE DRUGS. Particularly in the early years of life: Ritalin is an antidepressant that helps with “behavioral” problems. These issues were most commonly diagnosed in boys. We wonder what happened to Bobby Crimo.
  2. MORAL GROUNDING. To save someone else, you need a moral centre. This is not something that happens by chance. Marquita Evans instilled that trait in her son, which served to his advantage in the clutch.
  3. PHYSICAL FITNESS. Corion Evans is not content to just sit on the couch and play video games. His physical strength allowed him to be able think clearly and execute a plan that saved four lives.

I love the “Coach Taylor” speech from the television show, Friday Night Lights, and his tag line: “Clear eyes, full hearts. Can’t lose.”

It is evident that Corion Evans encompasses all three. This is why a police officer and three teenager girls can still see the future.

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