A hero in our midst
Here’s a story about a real life hero. Her name is Lori Boyd, “known in her neighborhood as the Lawnmower Lady, and thanks to Elizabeth White and WTVM, she is now recognized everywhere as the lady who apprehended a killer.
Boyd had been walking in her neighborhood in Valley, Alabama, when she was approached outside of Valley Pharmacy by an obviously distraught and haggard man, who asked her for a drink of water.
She responded with a bottle of water, but with a wary eye, noticed the man was extremely nervous and his body was inundated with fresh cuts and bruises.
She recalled a television report earlier in the day about two men and a woman who were headed to Florida on I-85. Apparently the three had a disagreement and the woman ended up dead with a bullet through her skull. The vehicle the three were in ended up wrecking with a semi-truck but before that the murderer escaped from the vehicle.
A manhunt yielded nothing. But when the man asked Lori Boyd, the next morning for a drink she began to put two and two together. He asked for a second drink and she gave him a second. He asked for a power source to charge his phone and she pointed him toward Valley Pharmacy and told him to get one in there.
She surmised the man had walked from I-85 through woods and thickets to reach the populated area of Valley. Boyd, suspicious by nature, after offering the water and engaging in conversation rang up the police and described the man she thought was a killer.
The Valley police arrived at the pharmacy, entered, and three officers tackled and handcuffed the so-called person of interest, who identified himself as Larry Moore.
As the police were escorting Moore to a patrol car, there was Boyd waiting outside.
“You asked the wrong lady for a drink of water,” she exclaimed looking Boyd straight in the eye. All Boy could do was shrug and smile.
She’s right, many of us would have thought nothing of the strange man asking for a drink. We would certainly have not tied it to a murder that happened a couple of miles away on a busy interstate.
That’s what makes her a hero. She essentially risked her own life to see that Moore was apprehended. Boyd went above and beyond, engaging the person of interest in conversation while secretly informing the police of the suspicious Moore.
And for her efforts she deserves kudos. I hope the City of Valley and maybe even the state legislature will honor her for her heroism.
America needs more people like Boyd. In this day and age when terrorism seems to be peeking around every corner, we all need to be aware of our surroundings. If we see a suspicious person or activity we need not be afraid to report it to the authorities. Lori Boyd did it, and apprehended an alleged killer in the process.