A true autism hero

7 Jan

This story is nothing to so with vaccines or Andrew Wakefield but all to do with a genuine autism hero. A man who risked – and lost – his own life to help an autistic friend:

on Monday afternoon Dunn was ‘doing what he often did: teaching a student a life lesson by walking him across the street to buy a soda.’ According to police, a public transit bus was turning left and hit Dunn, while barely missing the student. Illinois State Police are investigating ‘initial witness statements that Dunn pushed the child out of harm’s way.’

Aside from the weirdness of referring to a 19yo as a child, this report genuinely moved me. Amid the sordid crap coming from the autism-vaccine community about their hero, its uplifting to read a story about a genuine man with genuine motives who did nothing except exemplify the human spirit. I hope my autistic child meets many like Thomas James Dunn throughout her life and I hope his family can take solace from the fact that their father/husband/son was and is a true hero.

8 Responses to “A true autism hero”

  1. Jackie January 7, 2011 at 10:15 #

    I’m guessing the “child” in the story was Autistic? You know how the media refuses to understand that people with Autism aren’t “children for the rest of their lives.”

  2. Jackie January 7, 2011 at 10:16 #

    I’m guessing the “child” in the story was Autistic? You know how the media refuses to understand that people with Autism aren’t “children for the rest of their lives”

  3. Joeymom January 7, 2011 at 14:07 #

    They may have referred to the young man as a “child” because he was still in school. Doesn’t make it right, just may be the reason. God bless you, Mr. Dunn, and rest in peace knowing you saved a life.

  4. Jorge Campo January 7, 2011 at 17:39 #

    A nice video about Dunn’s act:

  5. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. January 7, 2011 at 18:17 #

    yep. a serious autism hero. very few such people about, and Mr. Dunn was one of these.

  6. V.E.G. January 9, 2011 at 02:05 #

    Thomas James Dunn is the angel of British Isles origin!

  7. David N. Brown January 10, 2011 at 17:50 #

    As far as calling Dunn a “child”, it is odd, even “over here”. I suppose somebody might justify it on the grounds that the US drinking age is 21 (which I think just makes people less responsible when they do start drinking).


  1. Tweets that mention Autism Blog - A true autism hero « Left Brain/Right Brain -- Topsy.com - January 7, 2011

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Kev, Alltop Autism. Alltop Autism said: A true autism hero http://bit.ly/f7aBOH […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: