TSA Officer Caught Doing Something He Thought No One Would Notice
Award ceremonies for celebrities from other celebrities, or to politicians of one party from politicians of the same party have become more meaningless now than ever. As the spotlight seems to illuminate the ridiculousness of those awards more every day, another spotlight, less bright in attention but blazingly bright with true star power, shines.
Last week this spotlight illuminated the quiet goodness of TSA Officer Martin Rios.
His good deed didn’t impact a great number of people, but it impacted a few people greatly.
Rios was at work in the Portland, Oregon, International Airport when he noticed a family in seeming distress. The family is Spanish speaking, and had mistakenly flown to Portland, Oregon instead of Portland, Maine.
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Rios stepped in to check on the family. When he learned their predicament, he offered to help them book a flight to their intended destination. That’s when the family explained they have financial struggles, and Rios realized they couldn’t afford to buy new tickets.
Rather than assure himself he’d done all he could, and leave the family to figure it out on their own, Rios dug into his own pocket to make up the difference. Thanks to his big heart, the family of three was able to travel on.
Rios has been honored with the Make the Connection Quarterly TSA Award in recognition of his service. No celebrities shouted out his praise. He didn’t use the moment to campaign for office. But this award outshines any Emmy for its reminder that true greatness is in what we do, when we think no one is watching.