14 year-old Hero Rony Monzon took 3 bullets to save his friend
December 27, 2012
14 year-old Rony Monzon is hailed a hero after saving the life of his neighbor, Daneysi Valdovinos, by jumping in front of her while multiple shots were fired toward her head.
Monzon and Valdovinos were sitting on a bench outside their Chicago homes listening to music when a gang member opened fire. Monzon sensed the danger and jumped to his feet, taking 3 bullets in his arm and chest that would have struck Valdovinos in the head.
"He took the bullets," Valdovinos told the Chicago Sun-Times. "They would have hit me in the head, but he stood up in front of me and they hit him instead."
Detectives believe it was a case of mistaken identity but no arrests have been made. It has been 6 months since the shooting, and Monzon is as happy as can be. Instead of filling himself with anger and revenge, Monzon laughs about it and thinks positively this holiday season.
According to his Monzon's family, he jokingly calls himself "The Terminator", an action movie character who is impervious to bullets.
Monzon's heroics did not go unnoticed. Since the shooting, he has received a framed plaque from the Cook County Board honoring his heroism, a wooden trophy from the United States Army noting his "personal courage and selfless sacrifice," and a massive black-and-white photo awarded from Chicago Magazine of Monzon smiling, proclaiming him "Chicagoan Of The Year."
GET THE LATEST IN YOUR INBOX!Sign Up Now
Mog The Clumsy Cat May Have Won The Christmas Ad Battle This Year
The Evolution Of Barbie's Face From 1959 To Today
He Posted This Photo Of His Wife Sleeping, But It's What He Wrote About It That Made It So Beautiful
My Wife Cries At Absolutely ANYTHING, So I Started Writing Down The Reasons
He Called Her 'Sir' And It Hurt Her Feelings. After Her Shift Ended, She Found This Waiting For Her
This Is Why You Should Always Sleep On Your LEFT Side
This Is Why Americans In Old Black And White Movies Talked In A Strange Accent
'Now Watch Me Sip... My Chardonnay-Nay': Your Thanksgiving Dinner Anthem
She Cuts Apart These Standard Window Blinds To Create Something Much More Beautiful
This Mashup Of Golden Age Movie Dance Scenes Set To 'Uptown Funk' Will Make Your Day
Dad Watches A Video Of His Daughter's Birth And Realizes What He Didn't See The First Time