Heroes rarely get the credit or the recognition they deserve. They don’t stop to think, they just act. They don’t worry about their own safety, they simply disregard conventional rules and start DOING.
That was certainly the case when Stephen Morris, a facebook user in his mid-thirties spotted a typo in a post mourning the passing of firefighter Dennis Gray of Brooklyn.
While browsing facebook one morning last month, Stephen saw a post by Ladder 23 company announcing that Dennis had sadly been killed while attending a blaze in downtown Manhattan the previous weekend.
“My mouth dropped open,” recalls Stephen. “They had written, ‘we ask for YOU’RE donations to be sent to the St Joseph church,’ rather than YOUR donations.
“I knew I had to do something, but the question was what.”
Fortunately, the answer to that question came swiftly to Stephen, and he quickly put down the coffee he was drinking and set to work.
“It was over in a flash,” says Stephen, shaking and wiping a tear away. “I clicked on the comment box under the posting and it was like my fingers were a blur, I wrote “Um, I think you’ll find it’s YOUR rather than YOU’RE. Surely if you can fight fires you can master simple grammar. I will be asking people locally not to donate to the department summer fundraiser until you guys rectify this error.’
“Looking back on it I’m just glad I was able to bring their attention to it, because if you let stuff like that go then what’s next? A missed 911 call? A kid left in a blazing apartment?”
As of writing the post remains uncorrected, although there have been thousands of other comments wishing Dennis’ family well.
“I’m not sure what the guy’s name was who died or whatever,” says Stephen. “But I know he would want his friends to know the difference between your and you’re. One means belonging to you and the other is a shortening of you ARE. Jeez.”