Everyone has heard the phrase “not all heroes wear capes” at some point in their lives. It’s a way of saying that everyday people have it in themselves to act heroically, so long as they dig deep within to find it.
Never has the label of “hero” been more fitting than when it was applied to 92-year-old John Shear, a security guard at the Santa Anita racetrack in California.
Two years ago, when he saw a five-year-old girl in serious danger on the track, he was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her…
John Shear, a 92-year-old man from Santa Anita, California, isn’t your typical elderly man. People often tell him how great he looks for his age. Most wouldn’t say he looks a day over 70!
There is, of course, a method to keeping himself looking so fantastic. That’s because, every morning, he hits his local gym to perform a rigorous workout. This includes tackling a series of push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. Not bad for an old-timer!
As a security guard at the Santa Anita Racetrack for the past 51 years, John has always done his best to take care of his body. Nevertheless, when he saw someone in trouble two years ago, he didn’t hesitate to put his own body in danger to rescue her…
When a horse race was set to begin, John took his place as usual, holding a rope across the paddock fence before the horses would be let out onto the track. The crowd was growing excited and anticipating the race that was mere seconds from beginning.
Standing at just five feet tall, John might not immediately strike most people as someone who’d be employed as a security guard. Perhaps what set him apart, though, was his unique bravery. It certainly did that day…