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originally posted by: olaru12
Once I rescued a young Mormon girl from drowning on the Green River in Utah. Her group was in white water and she was knocked out of her innertube. I was fishing in a quiet eddy and saw her float by, swam to her and and kept her head out of the water until we reached calmer water then pulled her to the bank. Caught a lot of trout that day.
originally posted by: Cuervo
a reply to: nighthawk1954
If it were my duty and people were depending on me to do so, then yes. Yes without hesitation.
However, if I were just walking down the street and I had my five-year-old daughter with me, I wouldn't dash across the street to tackle a madman with a gun; I'd protect my kid.
Those are two opposite scenarios and most scenarios would fall in between so it all depends on how much a person has to lose in that situation and what they are responsible for protecting.
For example, if a man had the cure for AIDS and was walking to the White House to announce it to the president, I would hope he would ignore any and all cries for help along the way while everybody around him should sacrifice themselves to get him there. It's all situational.