This soldier has made our community a better place as he went above and beyond to make sure two hungry boys could have a proper dinner.
It happened at a local Taco Bell shop in Mobile, Alabama, according to The Huffington Post.
One day, Lt. Col. Robert Risdon Jr., a U.S. Army Ranger, was at the restaurant for dinner. That’s when he was approached by two boys, ages 9 and 13.
They walked into the restaurant and asked Gibson if he wanted to buy some homemade sweets items they were selling to raise funds for their local church.
Risdon noticed the boys looked soaking wet, cold, and tired. So, Risdon asked the boys if they’d had dinner yet and if they were hungry—they were in fact starving. Therefore, he treated them both to tacos and drinks.
The soldier also sat with the younger boys, shared dinner, and had a friendly conversation with them.
“Helping them was an easy decision—more of a reaction,” Risdon said. “They were great kids, very respectful and smart. It was the least I could do for two young Americans. They were happy to get some chow for sure and very thankful.”
“While eating his taco, [the 9-year-old] told me he wanted to be just like me someday and saluted me when he left the Taco Bell,” the ranger said.
Jason Gibson, a football coach of the Columbus Lions, witnessed the events and caught it all on video. He posted it to Facebook, which has been viewed nearly 2 million times.
As for all the attention he’s gotten, Risdon said, “I’m kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don’t need it. I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people and that acts of kindness happen every day.”
The ranger said his motivation to help lies in the U.S. Army Rangers’ mission statement.
“I think I can best sum things up as to why I did it because of a creed I live up to every day—the Ranger Creed,” he said. “One line in the creed encapsulates I think why I helped, ‘Never shall I fail my comrades.’ [The boys] were my comrades … It was my DUTY to help them!”