[Seven soldiers] said they had witnessed a disturbance between [the couple] in a parking lot, and they said they intervened. They said they believed they had deescalated the situation and began to walk back to their vehicle.
Police said Gallegos and Garzes are boyfriend and girlfriend. As the soldiers started to leave, they said Garzes [the girlfriend] ran to her boyfriend’s truck and pulled out a handgun.
She handed it to Gallegos [the boyfriend], and the soldiers told police he began firing the weapon.
Pair arrested after firing at Fort Hood soldiers
One possible strategy in the context of personal protection is ‘being a hero.’ This is one of the underlying motives for ‘sheepdogism.’ However, it’s useful to remember that the highest award given by our country for heroism is the Medal of Honor, which is often awarded posthumously.
Sad, but true observation here. Thanks.
No good deed goes unpunished.
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If it doesn’t involve you or yours stay out of it!
I can’t fault the soldier’s intentions, but you’re right. Noninterference was the first lesson I learned at NTI,15 years ago. Two sayings apply. The first is from my very smart wife: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” The second is old but very valid: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I hope the soldiers learned the first and I’m glad they escaped the second.
Linda’s saying is one I keep in mind always. Sometimes I slip but not often anymore. My Dad used to say something similar but with less wit.