There’s Still Hope For Humanity

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There's Still Hope For Humanity

by baldilocks

With the deeds of Har­vey Wein­stein, Stephen Pad­dock and sundry other oxy­gen thieves flood­ing our aware­ness, it was cleans­ing to read this story, in spite of the evil that caused it in the first place.

Earl Melchert was offered a $7,000 reward for help­ing res­cue a teenage girl who had been kid­napped and miss­ing for nearly a month. He set­tled for din­ner with the teen’s fam­ily instead.

Melchert, 65, was given the reward money dur­ing a news con­fer­ence last week for his role in find­ing Jas­mine Block, the 15-​year-​old girl from Alexan­dria who van­ished Aug. 8 and was allegedly beaten and abused by her cap­tors dur­ing her 29-​day disappearance.

With­out a sec­ond thought, Melchert turned the money right back over to Block’s fam­ily, who along with an anony­mous donor had offered the reward in hopes of get­ting Jas­mine back.

I was not inter­ested in the $7,000 reward, it wasn’t a big deal,” Melchert said dur­ing a phone inter­view with the Star Tri­bune Mon­day. “I wanted to give it to the fam­ily. They need it more. It went to a good place. I hope Jas­mine is OK.”

(…)

Today we wit­nessed an incred­i­ble exam­ple of kind­ness,” the chief wrote on Face­book. “What no one expected was the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity that came straight from Earl’s heart today. He believes that young lady that came run­ning toward him that Sep­tem­ber day is the real hero and with­out hes­i­ta­tion, Earl handed the reward over to her, fol­lowed by a big hug.”

But Melchert did accept the Block family’s invi­ta­tion to dinner.

The details of the crimes and res­cue are in the arti­cle for who­ever wants to read it. And, a bit of serendip­ity exists: Melchert, Wein­stein, and Pad­dock all fall in three of the same demo­graph­ics. Of course, no one out­side of the Block fam­ily will be talk­ing about Earl Melchert tomor­row, but that’s okay. The Blocks will prob­a­bly be talk­ing to God about him. And that is as it should be.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

With the deeds of Harvey Weinstein, Stephen Paddock and sundry other oxygen thieves flooding our awareness, it was cleansing to read this story, in spite of the evil that caused it in the first place.

Earl Melchert was offered a $7,000 reward for helping rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and missing for nearly a month. He settled for dinner with the teen’s family instead.

Melchert, 65, was given the reward money during a news conference last week for his role in finding Jasmine Block, the 15-year-old girl from Alexandria who vanished Aug. 8 and was allegedly beaten and abused by her captors during her 29-day disappearance.

Without a second thought, Melchert turned the money right back over to Block’s family, who along with an anonymous donor had offered the reward in hopes of getting Jasmine back.

“I was not interested in the $7,000 reward, it wasn’t a big deal,” Melchert said during a phone interview with the Star Tribune Monday. “I wanted to give it to the family. They need it more. It went to a good place. I hope Jasmine is OK.”

(…)

“Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness,” the chief wrote on Facebook. “What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl’s heart today. He believes that young lady that came running toward him that September day is the real hero and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug.”

But Melchert did accept the Block family’s invitation to dinner.

The details of the crimes and rescue are in the article for whoever wants to read it. And, a bit of serendipity exists: Melchert, Weinstein, and Paddock all fall in three of the same demographics.  Of course, no one outside of the Block family will be talking about Earl Melchert tomorrow, but that’s okay. The Blocks will probably be talking to God about him. And that is as it should be.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!