Temar Boggs, American hero

Without regard for his own personal safety, fifteen-year-old Temar Boggs “distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Soldiers who meet that standard receive the congressional medal of honor. Boggs deserves similar recognition for his valor.

One little girl and her family will never forget that monsters lurk among us, seeking to do us harm, and heroes take the shape of a fearless fifteen-year-old African American boy on a bike.

In the polarized aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, we should recognize and celebrate the ones who make our country great, of any age or race.

Let’s make Temar Boggs a household name and teach our children what it means to be a hero.

Gayle Trotter is an attorney and writer. Her views are her own.