Something Wasn’t Right

“I knew something wasn’t right when I saw his hat on the ground,” said Sergeant 1st Class Michael Kinzie, a 20th Support Command soldier, who was driving on Interstate 95 when he noticed flashing lights on a police car on the side of the road. Kinzie could see State Trooper Mike Hamer struggling to get out of his car.

“Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.” —1 Peter 1:13

Hamer had responded to a call regarding a pedestrian on the highway. As they talked in Hamer’s patrol car, suddenly, the suspect lunged to grab Hamer’s gun.

“While I was fighting back, he got the safety off the gun. That’s when the gun discharged into my leg,” Hamer said. He was able to reach his backup weapon, shoot the suspect, and get out of his car.

Kinzie placed a 911 call, drove to the next exit, and turned around. Hamer credits Kinzie and two others with saving his life.

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Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kinzie accepts a Certificate of Merit from the Virginia State Troopers, presented by Senior Trooper Mike Hamer.

“Because of his actions, Emergency Medical Services was able to get to the scene quickly,” said Hamer, who fully recovered from his injuries.

James De Ford, the northern Virginia field lieutenant told Kinzie, “Because of you and the two other people, Trooper Hamer is alive.” Kinzie responded, “I always try to put myself in the position to help others.”

There are times that the world is divided into two groups—those who will and those who won’t. Of all the people who passed that day on Interstate 95, three took action. That action likely saved the life of a trooper.

As you live your life and go about your days, be one who will, who takes action for others.

STRONG TOWER, even when I’m tired or don’t feel like getting involved, motivate me to take action. To be one who will!

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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