When you hear someone say that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, you might roll your eyes at such a cliche. But it’s actually true. Adrian Young is living proof. She’s all of 4 feet 8 inches tall. She works as a crossing guard at a school in Los Angeles and her work is usually all about getting kids across the street safely. Cars and trucks are the usual threat but one day she saved a little girl from a very different kind of danger.
So far it had been a totally normal September school day but then Adrian saw the woman crossing the street with a young girl. When they got a little closer, Adrian could sense that something just wasn’t right. Just seconds later, the girl suddenly cried out desperately for help: “Please don’t let her take me! I don’t know her! She’s not my mom!”
Adrian didn’t hesitate for a moment. She grabbed the girl and told her to hold on tight. The woman, much larger than Adrian, tried hard to wrestle the girl away and knock the determined crossing guard down. It wasn’t long before she decided it was better to just run, leaving the girl behind. Adrian called the police right away and they soon had the would-be kidnapper in custody. The girl’s mom was incredibly grateful; she gave Adrian a big hug, later remarking, “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know where my daughter would be.”
The City of Los Angeles was grateful, too, and it honored Adrian with a certificate recognizing her heroism. The city’s representative at the ceremony said it best: “Sometimes superheroes come in small packages. Because of her diligence, training, awareness, and just because she cares so much about children, she prevented what could’ve been a kidnapping of a child.”
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