In an age where chivalry is often scorned and the traditional view of masculinity is sometimes mocked, it’s wonderful to see that in dire situations, heroism is alive and well. In the recent tragedy that unfolded at The Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, there were multiple men who laid down their lives for others around them, and their sacrifice is being honored by many as that of true heroes.
Inside the establishment, during a special over-18 country night, the shooter entered and chaos ensued. But because of the heroic actions of a handful of people, many lives were saved. One of those heroes was a local law enforcement officer who was one of the first on the scene. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, was killed shortly after he entered the building. Following his training, which encourages law enforcement to confront active shooters as soon as possible, Sgt. Helus went directly into the line of fire, in order to stop the shooter from inflicting more harm. Sheriff Geoff Dean, who called Sgt. Helus a good friend, said “Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant, he was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went, he went in to save lives, to save other people’s lives.”