Good People Can Be Found Anywhere


It was a Friday morning and I was at work when I got a text from my sister nominating an article for this blog. I told her I would read it and consider it before saying yes or no (I didn’t know what kind of link she was sending me). I read the article a few days later and, sure enough, it got me thinking about a post.

The article covered a story about three Washington state inmates who saved three boys from drowning in a creek. The inmates were cleaning up a park as their community service activity when the three boys were heard screaming for help after their canoe flipped over in a nearby creek. One of the inmates stated that they “did what any good person would do.” The three men ended up jumping into the creek to pull the boys out and even took off their own shirts, giving them to the boys, to keep them warm. When emergency personnel arrived at the creek, the men still helped out, doing everything they could to make sure the boys were safe.

After reading this, I thought about all of the people who are so easily labeled as bad and good by our society. When you think of an inmate, you probably imagine a rough-looking guy with a mean face who is a thief or a serial killer, but you probably don’t realize that some inmates have been wrongly sentenced, they are incarcerated because they tried to help a loved one, or they just made a mistake that they truly regret. Not all inmates are bad people. It turns out that these three men were charged with nonviolent crimes and the fact that they saved three boys says a lot about their characters.

Yes, they are inmates and, no, they aren’t perfect, but, yes, they can still be good people. These men went out of their way, risking their own well-being, to help the three boys. The men really had no obligation to help them, but they did anyways. By doing so, they’ve proven that the term “inmate” doesn’t define who they are. They have made mistakes, but they have also made good decisions. At the end of the day, they are worth much more than the crimes they were charged for and, in my opinion, can be considered good people.

About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

2 responses »

  1. So true. Our society has a way of stereotyping and categorizing people into good or bad. Just recently an article came out about a homeless man that returned a lost diamond wedding ring. The ring had slipped off a woman’s finger, as she donated some money to the homeless man. When the reporters asked him why he had not pawned the ring and made some money, he went on to share that he still grasps to the character instilled in him. There is so much good out there! Again, thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    • I actually heard about that story and it still amazes me how society is so quick to judge people. Hopefully, more people will start recognizing the good in the world rather than the bad or what is expected to be bad. I’m glad you enjoyed reading… Hope to see you back here soon!

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