Boy rescued by illegal immigrant

Filed under: Tweens, Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, In The News

Suppose you were doing something illegal -- say, crossing into another country to try and find a better life for yourself -- and came across an automobile accident. Would you stop to help? Even if it meant you might be caught? I'd like to think I would, but I'm not entirely sure that's true. I do have a rather strong sense of self preservation.

For one man, it's not a hypothetical question or philosophical exercise. It's the exact situation he found himself in. Twenty-six-year-old Jesus Manuel Cordova, from the northern Mexican state of Sonora, was making his way into the United States when he found a nine-year-old boy wandering around looking for help.

The boy and his mother had been camping when her van missed a curve and ended up three hundred feet from the road. The mother, trapped in the vehicle, died shortly after, but the boy survived due to the efforts of Cordova who stayed with him until help arrived. Unfortunately for Cordova, that help came in the form of Border Patrol agents, after passing hunters called the authorities.

"For a 9-year-old it has to be completely traumatic, being out there alone with his mother dead," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. "Fortunately for the kid, [Cordova] was there. That was his angel." Immigrants are often characterized as criminals, but more likely they are good people trying to find a better life for themselves and their families. In this case, Cordova found a way to give the gift of life to an American boy. I hope the two can stay in touch; I bet Cordova would be a great influence.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.