Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Some are brave enough to put their life on the line to protect others, and there are those who are heroes in their own small way. Heroes may be in a form of a policeman, firefighter, doctor, or an ordinary citizen—we don’t really know when we will need their help until the time comes.
This is a story of seventeen-year-old Malyk Bonnet, who became a hero the day when he bravely helped a woman being beaten by her ex-boyfriend. Most people who encounter a couple fighting each other wouldn’t mind and just pass by, especially if you think you’re not in the right position to meddle in their affairs. But Malyk did what most people wouldn’t—he helped the girl and refused to keep on walking.
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“The guy was screaming at her, the girl. He wasn’t really gentle with her, and I started watching because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit,” Bonnet said.
When he went to talk to the couple, he asked him for money to take the bus. Malyk agreed to give them money, but he has to go to the convenience store to get it. When he was alone with the woman, she confessed everything to him.
“The girl was saying, ‘Please help me. He don’t want to let me go. I want to go home, but he don’t want to let me go,’” Malyk recalled. He said that that’s when he began to form a plan.
“My plan was to keep them in a public place, where there’s a lot of people. I decided to make myself friendly with the man, so he would trust me. So I played my game,” he said.
He gave the man $50 to buy food at a local coffee place, and when they arrived at the place, he said he was going to the bathroom, then he grabbed the chance to call the
police. Little did he know that the police were already looking for the criminal.
“We were looking for a twenty-nine-year-old woman who was kidnapped by her former boyfriend earlier that day, and we believed that man was very dangerous,” said Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin. The man had already been found guilty of assault and death threats by the courts a year ago.
The kidnapper didn’t even realize Malyk was the one who called the cops when they arrived. “He was really surprised, he didn’t know that it was me,” said Bonnet. “So I played my game right.” He shared that the woman was grateful. “She was almost crying. She was so happy, so happy not to be with him.”
We meet heroes every day in our lives. A random act of kindness and bravery can change everything for someone who needs help. Like the woman who got lucky and met Malyk Bonnet, who helped her even though he knew that her boyfriend was a dangerous man. Malyk was then nominated by the policemen for a bravery award.