What kind of person gets beaten so badly that he lands in the hospital but doesn't regret it? How about a Marine veteran whose beatdown came when he was stepping in to defend the defenseless? Wen Jones is retired military, but his military training came back to him immediately when he saw three bullies picking on a 14-year-old this past spring.
Jones stepped in to protect the teenager ... and ended up with injuries so bad that he landed in surgery.
Think that's crazy? Wait until you hear how the veteran feels about it all.
Jones says he'd do it again in a heartbeat:
I'm not happy to have been injured pretty severely, but at the same time, I ask myself, would I do it again? You know, it was the right thing to do, so I probably would.
Even though the father of two ended up with a concussion and had to have surgery to repair fractures beneath his eye. Even though he was covered in stitches, right down to a stitched tear duct.
Semper Fi indeed!
It's one thing to have the chutzpah to step in when you see something wrong. Sometimes we go on pure adrenaline. It's quite another to have the wherewithal to say, yes, I'd do it again after knowing how badly things can turn out.
A lot of people would say, ya know, maybe I would have just called the cops, waited for them to show up?
Not Jones. I respect that. I respect a guy who wouldn't let a child go through one more minute of pain, regardless of what it would cost him to do something about it.
Jones' story is in the news this week because cops just caught the third of the three men accused of turning on the Good Samaritan. Cody Moore Roon, Tyler Dylan Carswell, and Eric Michael Deiter were allegedly ganging up on a young black skateboarder, using racist slurs and kicking sand in his face, when the Marine veteran stepped in. Now they're facing charges of aggravated battery for jumping a man twice their age and ganging up, three 20-somethings on one 43-year-old man.
Here's hoping the courts send them away for a good long time. Watch the video of the beatdown:
Put yourself in Jones' shoes. Would you be saying the same thing?
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