Sandra Blackmer

is features editor of Adventist Review.

​Don’t Judge a Book . . .

While on a work crew in Portland, Oregon, two jail inmates helped save the life of John Harlan, a local deputy. When Harlan suddenly doubled over in pain, instead of making a break for it, inmates Robert Parker and Michael Smith administered CPR—with 911-dispatcher assistance. A medical doctor who happened upon the scene also provided treatment until the ambulance arrived, but the EMS crew credited the two inmates’ “quick action” for saving the day.1 Why did this event make the news? Because their actions weren’t what most of us would expect. The orange “uniforms” generally suggest to us a different story about the people wearing them. Is …

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