When being a Good Samaritan backfires

For his efforts at being the Good Samaritan, he died at the hand of a knife-wielding murderer who is still at large to this day

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■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter

The business of being a Good Samaritan has been debated since the days of Jesus and the Holy Land. Instances include saving a drowning child, pulling someone out of a flaming house, and more. But being a Good Samaritan is often a dangerous effort. What happens when the Good Samaritan dies trying to help?
Most of us would rush to help our fellow man in trouble. Hopefully he or she would do the same for us. You know, “do unto others…”
Sometimes, doing good backfires. People drown trying to save that child or burn to death trying to rescue someone from a burning building. It happens more often than you might think.
On June 18 of last year (Father’s Day weekend) former U.S. Marine Corps veteran Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Males was enjoying an evening out with his family to celebrate his sister’s birthday with dinner and later drinks at After 5 and Elite Bar and Lounge in the downtown Harvard District of Hemet. After leaving Elite, his sister and friends were walking through the parking lot next door while Nick waited behind for a cousin who was coming to pick him up.
Suddenly he heard a loud and boisterous noise emanating from the parking lot, which soon turned into a brawl. His sister and her friends were caught up in the melee and like any good brother and honorable Marine, Nick rushed in to help. For his efforts at being the Good Samaritan, he died at the hand of a knife-wielding murderer who is still at large to this day. A 28-year-old father-to-be, Nick gave up his life trying to do the right thing.
These bad endings to Good Samaritan efforts happen more often than you might suspect. It’s little wonder that so many say, “I don’t want to get involved.”
But Nick Males did not think twice. Were his sister and her friends in danger? I don’t know, but the Good Samaritan thought only of helping – and it cost him his life. Some things are worth risking your life for. Being a Good Samaritan, like being a good Marine, all too often ends in a funeral procession rather than a celebration for a deed well done.

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