Sean Collier

I knew a hero. I knew someone who was full of life and a genuinely good person. Yesterday I was awoken to the news that a MIT officer had been shot and that the suspects of the Monday bombing at the marathon were on the loose and everyone in my neighborhood was to stay inside because these people were hijacking cars and considered to be extremely dangerous.

A few minutes later while watching the news in shock I got a text from one of my best friends telling me that the officer that had been shot was Sean Collier, the same guy who we went white water rafting with. I was in disbelief  how could someone I know actually be the person that they are talking about on the news I wondered most of the day.

It finally hit me when the news showed his picture and announced his name. This was the same guy who I knew, this was someone that I would never see again. Though we weren’t close, we had fun when we hung out. He shared the same pyro tenancies I had and helped me build a bonfire at our campsite while the others went across the street to get ice and wood. We had laughed about none of our friends liking country music and we had a blast white water rafting. We didn’t keep in close touch, just a few Facebook messages from time to time on pictures of statuses, but he will be missed.

He was a guy who actually made sure the drunk girls got to bed and didn’t get taken advantage of, which at 24 says a lot about a character of a guy. He got along with our group immediately and even though we didn’t share a campsite he hung out with us the whole weekend.

His life was taken too soon by an unnecessary act while doing what he loved. The world needs more people like him. “A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.” Sean Collier was a hero.

Photo taken from https://www.facebook.com/SocialBostonSports?fref=ts

Photo taken from https://www.facebook.com/SocialBostonSports?fref=ts
Crazy man with no helmet 🙂 

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