Made not born... or wait. Is it the other way around?
BeachGrit has truly become the home of heroic. I am so against alliteration, bristling every time master shaper Matt Biolos posts an Instagram message, but don’t know how to swap either “home” or “heroic” out as that’s what we are.
Did you already forget the Filipino surfer who forewent a gold medal to save a fellow competitor? The Florida surfer riding a storm who saved an entire boat? The other Florida surfer who was chomped by a shark and instead of going to a hospital treated himself to a bar?
Well, welcome Aidan Cohen into their ranks, a local Cardiff-by-the-Sea boy who saved the screenwriter of Bruce Lee’s greatest (only?) film and very good friends with my older daughter. How many times can you count yourself personally acquainted with a legend? How many fried shrimp po’ boys has a legend served you at Fish 101 with free coleslaw?
But let’s read his harrowing tale together first, before getting to your answers.
Author and screenwriter Michael Allin, known for writing the classic Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon,” was rescued from his burning Cardiff home late Thursday night by two teenage neighbors.
“It got close there for a second,” said 17-year-old Aidan Cohen, who lives next door to Allin.
At around 11 p.m. Thursday, Aidan and his 19-year-old brother Ryan Cohen were sitting in their home eating late-night snacks of cereal and ice cream.
But their meal was interrupted when the power suddenly went off in their home. The two heard an explosion and rushed outside to see their neighbor’s house on fire.
They instinctively began shouting: “Michael! Michael!”
“We’ve known him forever. He’s lived there all our lives … Our first instinct was to scream his name,” Cohen said.
The boys ran to the back of the home and heard a disoriented Allin from inside.
“I told [Aidan], ‘Please don’t, please don’t.’ Aidan ran, pushed the door open and Aidan ran into his house and dragged him out and literally saved his life,” Ryan said.
While his house looked hollowed and badly charred Friday morning, Allin suffered only scratches and bruises.
You must finish the wild ride on your own time but back to my questions.
1) How many heroes are friends with your daughter?
2) How many of them have given you free coleslaw (with or without a fried shrimp po’ boy)?
While you’re thinking, raise a non-alcoholic beverage to Aidan Cohen and another to Bruce Lee.
Joined forever in Valhalla.