Acts of Kindness
Cane wielding great grandma comes to elderly neighbor’s rescue when thief attacks
Miss Faye may use a cane to get around but that didn't stop her from using it to become a hero.
Cherie Gozon
11.15.22

What would you do when you hear your neighbor cry for help because of a robbery?

Our first instinct is always to call 911.

We can never be so sure if the robber is armed, and rushing to help might only trigger him (no pun intended).

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Unsplash - Wesley Hilario

But sometimes, the situation is so dire that a second would mean life and death for your neighbor.

Sure, we can call for help from the authorities, but unless they arrive, we must step right in to save someone’s life.

This great-grandmother may have had that instinct when she heard trouble outside their street.

A Cry for Help. A Neighbor to the Rescue.

Miss Faye, a 76-year-old great-grandmother, was going about her day like usual when she heard a commotion along their street in Oakland, California.

She called her German Shepherd named Troy to go out and help.

But since he was still in the backyard, Faye dashed outside to see such a horrific scene.

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco

Seen from her Ring camera clip, her 82-year-old neighbor Ann was only walking by the sidewalk when a man came out of a car and snatched her purse.

She did not let go of her bag, so the robber dragged and thrashed her to the ground.

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco

Faye came running outside, wielding her cane.

She used it to swat the robber and let go of Ann’s bag.

She also hit the car several times and threw her can at it when it drove away.

Troy was seen beside Ann as if checking if she was alright.

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco

Miss Faye walked towards her cane, picked it up, checked on Ann, and helped her get up.

Her neighbor was safe, and so was her purse.

However, she obtained some bruises – something they considered quite fortunate since that situation could have turned out for the worst.

The Act of Being Neighborly

People have praised Miss Faye for her selfless, albeit dangerous, act.

She recognized that the situation could have gone wrong, but she knew she had to step in.

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX2 San Francisco

“If my knees weren’t hurting me, I think I would have been out there a little faster,” Faye said jokingly in an interview with ABC7 News Bay Area. “Fear never crossed my mind coz I’m crazy, I guess. I don’t know. It’s just something that’s in my nature. I do things, and it doesn’t bother me until a couple of hours later. That’s how I’ve always been,” she added when asked if the situation scared her.

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Unsplash - Jem Sahagun

Faye also sent a strong message to everyone about being a good neighbor.

She asked the community to try to be neighborly and look out for each other, not just themselves.

With everything that’s happening all over the world, it is best to be there for each other.

Giving Back to Miss Faye

Her neighbors in West Oakland heard of her heroics, and Faye has been showered with blessings.

Many baked and sent her some pies, while some sent her other food items, and she’s happy to take them.

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Pexels - Amanda Reed

However, the community put up a bigger way to thank Miss Faye by organizing a fundraiser to help her pay her housing dues.

If you want to help, you can visit the GoFundMe page they set up for her.

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Unsplash - Melissa Walker Horn

Watch her heroic act in the video below.

Let us know what’s the best thing your neighbor did to you in the comments section!

By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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