Uncut: And a child shall lead them



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Posted on August 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Earlier this week, a four-year-old boy saved the life of a three-year-old girl in a Fort Worth swimming pool.

There's a reason we've made little mention of it, but also a reason why you really should care.

It’s this week's Uncut commentary.

Somehow this past Monday, the little girl found herself in water over her head at the Woodland Springs neighborhood pool. She began to struggle -- her head dipping beneath the surface, her chance of surviving slipping with every second.

The young boy, seeing it all, did not hesitate to come to her aid and hold her head above the water... Even though it was over his head, as well.

By the time they were pulled from the pool, the girl was frightened, but fine. The boy was lifeless.

Adults administered CPR until an ambulance arrived, and on the way to Cook Children's they got a pulse. But yesterday, that four-year-old boy died.

His name is Xander Vento. Remember that.

All week, we have honored his family's request for privacy as they traversed the very difficult final moments of their young son's life.

Xander's was an act of amazing act of selflessness, all by boy who may not even have gotten to kindergarten.

In an age when grown men and women kill because of a frown or a perceived slight, or seem to have forgotten even the smallest gestures of common courtesy, it seems fitting that we take a moment to recognize one of the rare few who has left behind, for even the oldest adult, a perfect example of what character and virtue should really mean.

...Even if he was a pre-schooler.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.