It seems that everyone likes a feel-good story. Where the hero saves the day and gets the girl. OK, maybe doesn’t get the girl. But, you get the gist. The mainstream “if it bleeds it leads” mentality leaves all of us craving for some “good news.”
Here in the Land Line newsroom, we certainly do. And, hands down, one of our favorite things is to stumble across a truck driver who is the hero and saves the day. Those stories aren’t that hard to find, honestly. It happens a lot. It’s something that we as trucking journalists are proud to report and tout to the masses – countering the seemingly never-ending onslaught of character assassination of all truckers.
It’s interesting though, when we do cover a story like a trucker dashing into a burning wreck and saving people’s lives. Especially in this day and age of social media, there is always that comment or two talking about the dangers and risks involved. Some even go further and talk about how heroics can make a bad situation worse.
I’m as guilty as others of getting caught up in the emotional groundswell of feeling better about humanity. But those comments always make me slow down and think, even just for a second, when is it the right thing to go on, to stay out of the way.
It’s a healthy dialogue to have. And I think that more so now than I did before I read a personal post on ourkyle.org, a website project by Travis Mitchell about the city of Kyle, Texas.