Tennis great Arthur Ashe once observed, “True heroism is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

Most of us aspire to that standard. Some of us actually succeed. Like Oak Park resident Craig Mathis, who recently rescued a woman from being sexually assaulted on the tracks at the Harlem Avenue Blue Line station in Forest Park. She survived and the attacker was caught and arrested shortly after the incident occurred in the wee morning hours of June 10. 

Some people might have just called the police, like the other guy walking on the Circle Avenue bridge with Mathis that morning. And that’s commendable. But Mathis went down to the tracks and after determining that the perpetrator didn’t have a weapon, went after him. The police grabbed him before Mathis did. Lucky for the perp, Mathis said. 

In an age when the worst news makes the biggest headlines, we’re glad to report on a hero not only prevented a crime but provided the rest of us with something to feel good about. 

Well done, Mr. Mathis, well done.

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