Heroes Of The Week!

Darnella Frazier Awarded Honorary Pulitzer For Filming George Floyd's Police Death | Crime News

We begin this Friday episode by sending out a group hug to Darnella Frazier. The Minnesota teen whose video footage of George Floyd’s death led to the conviction of Derek Chauvin. She was our singular song here last month for a reason. Because this young woman rose up and made sure there wasn’t going to be another travesty of justice. She didn’t hesitate to make the ultimate difference and as a result, she is the recipient of an honorary Pulitzer Prize.

Ben Crump, the attorney for the Floyd family, issued the following statement:

“The Floyd family is so pleased to see Darnella Frazier honored for her courageous humanity in documenting the murder of George Floyd . . . We are deeply grateful for her heroism which led to justice for George and sparked a historic social change.”

Big thank you to Dale for contributing this lead off hit for our Friday roster. And stick around to the end, because in a first here at Heroes, she came up with the closing tune to boot. Those Habitantes really are something, eh?

On to Friday! . . . .

This week, Frank is twirling a twin-bill of truly terrific tales. Okay, I might have gotten drunk on alliteration, but I was on a . . . tear. Too much?

First up is the story of a fairy tale wedding day that went up in smoke, until a community came together to rescue it from the ashes, literally. Check out this Steve Hartman special about how “Newlyfleds” Elizabeth and Jake Landuyt had their reception saved by angels.

The Waffle House team raced to make sure Harrison got his cap and gown in time for the ceremony.

The Cincinnati Kid’s capper is all about coming together as a team to get the job done. Which is exactly what the peeps at a Waffle House in Center Point Alabama did when 18-year old Timothy Harrison showed up to work, on the day of his high-school commencement ceremony.

“That’s when I said why aren’t you going to graduation?” said Cedric Hampton, Harrison’s manager at Waffle House. “And he said ‘I don’t want to miss work.’ So I was like, you’re going!”

Turns out the Woodlawn High School senior didn’t have a cap and gown, or tickets, or even a ride to his commencement ceremony which was taking place across town, so he came to work instead. And then his co-workers followed their boss’s lead, determined to make certain the kid didn’t miss his big day. They bought him some threads and then a co-worker rode him across town to procure his cap and gown.

Timothy Harrison said putting on those clothes and then donning that cap and gown made him feel like “a million dollars”. Made possible by a team that’s got a lot more on the menu than just waffles.

They specialize in making tomorrows happen.

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Honesty Doesn’t Suit Them: If only NFL and NCAA suits would stop peddling this narrative about player safety being paramount. If only they would just fess up to the driving force behind everything they do. If only it was okay to admit that revenue streams are more important than anything else.

The NFL season will expand to 17 games this season, on the way to an inevitable 18 game season during the next collective bargaining session. And the NCAA will be expanding their national playoff from four teams to twelve. In both instances, this will shorten player’s careers and further water down what made the respective sports special. And the suits will insist this wasn’t about the money, when the fact is, it was all about the money. If only they could admit that money takes precedence without the media bashing them for it while simultaneously sidling up to the trough to collect theirs.

If only.

Imma wrap up this Friday get down with another Super Mama story. And while this woman ain’t snaring a baseball out of mid-air with a baby in her arms, 27 year-old Alyssa DeWitt possesses a very impressive skill set in her own right.

Mama had just arrived at the First Street Beach Pier with her six-year old daughter and two-year old son in tow when she began to rethink her beach day plans on account of the gusty winds sweeping across Lake Michigan. The stay-at-home mom, who also happens to be five months pregnant, threw caution to that wind and made camp by the water when she noticed a group of young girls nearby.

“I happened to look up and saw one of the girls waving her arms towards me and immediately knew something was wrong,” she said. “I got up, pulled my kids out of the water and ran out onto the pier.”

Three girls were clinging to the side wall of the pier, struggling to make it back up. She called 911 but wasn’t sure they could hear her, and there was no time to spare. With no one around to help, she knew the girls were going to drown if she didn’t act quickly, After instructing big sister to keep little brother away from the scene, she moved to the side of the pier and laid down while reaching over to retrieve the girls. Every time it seemed she was making progress, the waves pushed them back.

“My turning point was when one of the little girls looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to die.’ That was it for me and I was like ‘I’m not going to let you die, I’m going to get you out of this water, I promise.’”

The adrenaline rush made all the difference as Alyssa finally pulled them up over the pier wall and to safety. And while she suffered a sprained wrist, we’re happy to report that both mama and child are doing just fine. And big sister is reportedly in negotiations to secure a summer’s supply of ice cream for her part in the rescue mission.

Something tells me she’s going to get it.

50 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

  1. We don’t live on this planet in isolation. This pandemic not with standing. We are a community and we need each other to survive. Why don’t people get that simple truth?

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  2. Excellent episode, Marc. Being Michigan born I was not surprised by the generosity of those folks. Once you get away from Detroit, Michigan is a very generous place. Loved the graduation and rescue stories too. Thanks to the helper bees.

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  3. B,

    I was so happy to hear that Darnella got an honorary Pulitzer Prize. She deserved it. People might not realise the amount of courage it took her to stand up. Oui, oui. We the Habitantes are something 😉

    I was not able to see the video (till I turned on my VPN so, for your Canadian friends, here is a, sadly not as good, video of the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVI2bwBXWTY . What a beautiful community to rally round this couple and do what they did. For nudding!

    Oh my goodness. Timothy Harrison is one lucky kid. I think what’s even more special about his story is that he never considered asking.

    Yanno… we chatted about this, you and I and honestly, if only the powers that be at the NFL and NCAA were honest. I loathe that they pretend they give a shit about their players – I mean except when they are so injured they need to be replaced.

    Holy moly. I got chills reading about Alyssa DeWitt. I truly do believe that there are powers that be – call it whatever – that will give one a surge of adrenaline to do what needs to be done. No way in hell those girls would have been able to hang on until official help came. Can you blame the big sister 😉 Beauty of a story,

    I’m so glad you felt SonReal’s song fit the bill. It’s been stuck in my head for a coupla days now!


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    • Q

      She deserves all the accolades she receives. And you’re right, the idea that it was just a matter of turning on her record button? Nope, you had cops all over the place. It must have been intimidating.

      Ooop. I keep forgetting about the different formats. Sacred Blue! And really, what a great thing these peeps did, making sure their special day didn’t miss too many beats.

      No, he was going to go to work instead. Imagine that, how humble and hard working. He had a great team that made sure he had his day.

      The optics are such that a conference or a league cannot admit what it all comes down to. And of course we KNOW what it all comes down to. My problem is, just stop the player safety nonsense. Just shush.

      Yeah I believe you can get that power surge that feeds your body when you need it most. And to think, she was pregnant and yet she didn’t hesitate, she had to save those girls. Great mama. And kids.

      Great song and it hit the mood just right. It was nice to have a song chosen for me for once. Gracias!



    • Thing is, we get it. And if they don’t think we get it, well . .

      Alyssa doing what she did while five months pregnant. I mean, how can you not sit there with mouth agape (Yes, agape). I made her the capper because she fit the theme of this week’s episode: People doing whatever it took.

      Thank you for your two stories. They were beautiful, Frank.


  4. Love the cap’n gown kid. I’ll just bet he felt like a million bucks. Learning does that and then to be recognized for it is well…doesn’t get much better than that. As I see it, knowledge is something no one can take from you once you own it. Not like a wallet or purse, or even your virginity Mr. Imma…it’s yours no matter what. I know being self-taught over the moon when enlightened.

    You always get me good on at least one.

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  5. Mannnnnnn these feel good stories were giving off different vibes of hope, except for the greediest of the greedy in the sports world. I am digging the Waffle House propelling dreams and kindness forward, I love it when people step up and do that for someone who needs a break and an important crossroads. I LOVE THAT! Plus that mama, she’s got courage and strength that need no cape. She’s just got it. Glad she’s OK and glad those girls were too. Super scary situation so glad that she could help. Thanks brother for the highlights. It’s good to know that good is still out there uplifting and lightening the load. Have a GREAT Father’s Day! Sunshine and waves!

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    • The suits in the college and pro ranks . . they simply think we don’t know what is going on. But we do.

      From the Boss to his team, I loved how they all stepped up to make sure this kid got his diploma the right way.

      Super Mama! She must have been so scared for her baby. She is so selfless, so thoughts of her own well being were secondary. Peeps like this are a different breed.

      And big thank you for the Father’s Day wishes hermana. Sending out sunshine and waves and hugs. Take care of yourself, you hear me? 🙂


  6. Darnella Frazier did good! She deserves her honorary Pulitzer.
    It brings up memories of LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman. They were kids who won a Peabody for their NPR series “Remorse” reporting on a murder in the Ida B. Wells project in Chicago.
    Two young kids about 9 years old, dropped 5 year old Eric Morse from a 14 story window of a condemned high rise, because he wouldn’t steal candy for them.
    No one would talk to police, reporters, anyone. But these kids were from the projects, and they ended up getting residents to talk.
    The 2 kids who committed the murder were the youngest children to be tried as adults, at that time.

    LeAlan, Lloyd and Dave Isay (NPR) wrote a book “Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago,” 1997. We made the movie in 2002.

    Adore the graduation story, and the mom story.
    Pro sports don’t make a lot of sense to me, so it must be all about $$$$.
    I mean, you’d think everyone on a Toronto team, would be from Toronto. It hardly seems like a hometown team, when not even 1 person is from that home town.

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    • Darnella is such a special young woman.

      That, is an unbelievably sad story that is life as they know it in the projects. Damn.

      Props to the Waffle House peeps and to Super Mama fo shizzle.

      Wow, I did not know that.

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  7. Hey M
    I am liking the momma stories this week
    I did see the baseball catch on the news
    – but that water rescue was outstanding and I bet those folks will stay in touch for a long time

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