ARLINGTON — An 18-year-old Arlington man was honored as a hero Tuesday night for his life-saving efforts before he was slain.
City Council members embraced the family of Clarence Robinson, who was fatally shot on December 15 as he tried to rescue two children who were hurt in a car accident.
Sharon Robinson said as a child, her son wanted to be a superhero. "He sacrificed his life to save another life," she said.
Clarence was the only boy among her 10 children. As a teenager, he worked long hours to help pay the bills for his family. And his efforts to help a stranger got him killed.
"He was a wonderful child; he was a beautiful child; he was a very smart, intelligent, respectable child," Robinson said.
She was emotional as she accepted the posthumous award in Clarence's name from the City Council.
"And we all have to look forward to the day of seeing him again," she said.
"There are Good Samaritans in this world," Mayor Robert Cluck told the Robinson family. "Sometimes we think there aren't, but we always learn there are. And your son was one of them."
Clarence Robinson was even honored with his own day.
"At the moment of truth, he knew what to do," said Arlington police Chief Theron Bowman. "He knew what to do, and he sacrificed himself."
Clarence Robinson had been trying to help two children who were involved in a deadly accident last December, but as he approached a damaged sport utility vehicle, police said the driver, Thomas Harper, shot him.
"It hurts," Sharon Robinson said. "But he left doing a good job."
Clarence Robinson enjoyed making people laugh. And it's that spirit his family remembers as they continue to struggle in these difficult times.