A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Christopher Reeve said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Victor knew something wasn’t right, and he endured Gonzales’s objections, flimsy explanations and dodges until the kidnapper could no longer circumvent Perez’s persistence and power.

There is nothing more Awesome than the selfless act of putting another individual’s security and well-being ahead of your own. Well done, Victor!

Her look of terror stoked him with the courage and determination he needed…

A Fresno man who rescued an 8-year-old kidnapping victim said he was nervous and afraid to take action until he saw the girl’s face; her look of terror stoked him with the courage and determination he needed to do the right thing, putting the girl’s well-being and safety ahead of his own.

We'd like to give Perez a BIG HIGH FIVE. Thanks Victor!
Let’s give Perez a BIG HIGH FIVE “thank you,” just like Dreamworks’ Metro Man is getting from citizens of Metro City.

Apparently, as the youngster played with her friends outside their home in Fresno, 24-year-old Gregorio Gonzales stopped his truck and was inviting the girls to get in. All of the girls ran, but Gonzales was able to grab one of them and speed away.

The girl’s mother wasn’t fast enough to catch the truck, but called 911 and a statewide Amber Alert was issued, dispatching over 100 officers to hunt for the fleeing truck.

A video of the truck was captured on a surveillance camera near Victor Perez’s neighborhood and when he heard the amber alert he couldn’t believe how close to his home the abduction had occurred.

AMBER is officially a backronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.
AMBER is officially a ackronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.

Outside, Perez’s cousin spotted the truck down the street. Perez jumped in his car in pursuit while his cousin dialed 911.

After several failed attempts, Perez eventually forced Gonzales to stop and release the little girl.

It was obvious to Perez that the girl was frightened and shaking, but he didn’t notice any visible signs that she had been physically hurt. “She just kept saying she was scared.”

Police arrested Gonzales a few hours later, and eventually it was revealed that the 24-year-old gang member was already on felony probation, and it was discovered that he had exposed himself to two other young girls earlier that day. He was later charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.”

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer believes that if Perez hadn’t taken it into his own hands the girl might never have been recovered. Being part of the joyful mother-daughter reunion at the hospital was “the highlight of my career.”

car chasing truck
In hot pursuit, and after several attempts, Perez finally forced the kidnapper to stop and release the little girl.

Perez was just thankful to have had the opportunity to help a little girl in danger. “When you have the opportunity, you take action. That’s what I tried to do. I’m glad that God put me here.”


–  WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYiNG  –

YouTube: “i live about an hour from Fresno and I have a 2 week old daughter. Thank God for people like this. It’s scary how people could do things like abduct children. Thank you victor! You’re a hero!” – ViLLaNzKrEw

Huffington Post: “I wish him and his family much happiness and success, as I do the little girl and her family.” – zootliberal   “Well done..this guy is a hero for sure.” – brooklyncitizen

Fresno, the best little city in the U.S.A., welcomes you.
Fresno, the best little city in the U.S.A., welcomes you.

Examiner: “Victor Perez is my hero. Mathew 25:40. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. You saved one of Christs children.” – Utah Man


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