Paul Walker, The Hero Essay

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He was born in Glendale, California in 1973. He attended various California community colleges, but then soon found his true calling for acting full-time in 1993. He acted in 32 movies and 2 TV shows, some including Joy Ride (2001), Takers (2010), and Fast and Furious 6 (2013). In 2001, he starred in the movie The Fast and The Furious. The movie collected more than $200 million in box office receipts. When he is not on set acting, Paul Walker was active in the Reach out Worldwide organization (Bio.com 1-3). When people think of heroes, many think of men or woman like Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Batman, but real life heroes walk among us every day. One hero who deserves our ...view middle of the document...

The organization is called ROWW or also known as reaches out worldwide. Paul founded his organization on January 12th, 2010 right after the massive earthquakes devastated Haiti. Paul saw the gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. The ROWW mission statement is “ROWW is a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts”.
The first disaster the ROWW team worked with was the earthquake in Haiti in January of 2010. The earthquake’s magnitude was 7.0 and hit just a few miles from the capitol. Then on January 12th, Reach out Worldwide was born. After years of thinking about the idea, founding members Lucas Wimer, Paul Walker, Jesse Brisendine, Dave Marquez, Christan Urzua, John Cloughen and others were spurred into action. They had to get tons of supplies immediately including water, canned food, headlamps and much more. Then the team went to Jesse’s house and began to pack for their flight to the Dominican Republic.
They arrived in the Dominican Republic 5 days after the earthquake struck. Within 45 minutes of their arrival, they went to work and didn’t stop until they left a week later. Jesse describes the experience:
Looking back, we all realized how life can change in an instant. For the Haitians, it went from an ordinary day to one of the biggest natural disasters on record.
They are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and children. Focusing on the people
make it easy to help. (roww.org)
Paul Walker may be gone, but he is living his legacy through the ROWW organization. The organization has been getting tons of donations from all of his admirers. J.D. Dorfman, operations manager for ROWW, says the outpouring of love "has been overwhelming."
Death & Legacy
Paul Walker, even in death, is still reaching out to people with help from his family and friends via ROWW, his charity organization. Whenever a person passes away who didn’t give much or touch so many people, they are quickly forgotten. With the case of Paul Walker, however, many men and woman were deeply saddened by the tragic death of such an amazing role model. Walker’s father choked back tears as he told CNN author Alan Duke about how proud he was of his son and what he had done. He added “I’m...

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