Temar Boggs woke up on Thursday as a normal, anonymous 15 year-old kid who played sports and hung out with his friends. By the end of the day he would be a nationally known hero for saving a 5 year-old kidnapped girl.
Boggs and his friends first heard about the kidnapping when, according to Boggs, they were helping an old lady move a couch.
“A guy came around the corner and asked if we had seen the little missing girl.” They hadn’t. They went on with their day, but they kept seeing police on the hunt for the kidnapped girl, who had been reported missing since that morning. On the suggestion of a friend’s mother, Temar Boggs and his friends decided to join the search. They set out on foot and searched a woodsy area where they heard the kidnapper may have gone, but they didn’t find them:
“We came back and the whole area was filled with cops and firefighters.”
This is the point when most of us would probably say, “I did my part, the police are looking for her, and they are trained and armed.” Temar Boggs and his friends stayed on the search, this time taking to their bikes.
“I had a feeling in my stomach that I was going to find her,” Boggs recalls. They patrolled the area and Boggs “saw a suspicious car. I looked into the passenger seat, and there was a little girl, and I said ‘I think that’s her.’ We followed her for about five minutes, and we noticed that it was her!”
Boggs and his friends kept after the kidnapper. “We chased the car for fifteen minutes.” Eventually, the kidnapper, apparently unable to shake Temar Boggs and his friends, gave up his victim.
“I guess he got scared that we were chasing him, and he let her out….She ran to me and said she needed her mommy.”
Boggs put the girl on his shoulders and carried her while riding his bike, but he decided that that was too dangerous, and so he carried her the rest of the way.
The best part of watching Temar Boggs tell his story is how clear it is that he doesn’t feel special. He was just doing what felt like the right thing to do. A five year-old girl may owe her life to his choices.