By John Schaffner
Robert Wolf, a Garden Hills resident who is a prosecutor with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, told members of the Neighborhood Planning Unit B board of directors Nov. 3 about a “Voices for Victims” session the office recently had during Victims Awareness Month in October.
“It was a really nice function where we saw some real heroes posthumously honored for their selfless contributions,” Wolf said.
“Obviously, everybody here thinks a little bit beyond the four walls of your house. You care about your community. That is why you are here,” Wolf said to the members of the NPU-B board. “Some of these people were really amazing,” he added.
“One that comes to mind in particular was a 16-year-old kid in one of our most dangerous areas, saw a gun battle, and saw a 3-year-old girl in the line of fire,” Wolf relayed. “He did not know the girl at all but ran across the roadway and shielded her and was shot in the back himself and died.”
Wolf said the boy’s mother and family were there at the function honoring the boy.
Wolf said there were a few more cheery stories from the recent flood. In one case, a 12-year-old found an 85-year-old woman trapped under a tree—nobody could hear her or see her—and he was able to get help for her.
Wolf said there were about six or eight of these victims who were honored. “It kind of recharged my batteries, but it reminded me too that we always think of law enforcement as the true heroes, but these people really didn’t think they were doing anything extraordinary and they risked and lost life and limb for their fellow citizens.”