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Arlington Teen Posthumously Honored For Heroism

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – As a young boy, Clarence Robinson, Jr. used to tell his mother he was a Power Ranger. His mom even got him a costume.

“I got a picture of him in his Power Ranger costume, posing, and I said you know what? This suit paid off,” said Sharon Robinson.

Robinson became a real life hero. His life ended before anyone could recognize him for it.

Tuesday night 18 of his family members stood at Arlington City Hall, and accepted city and state proclamations for the 18-year-old’s selfless actions last December.

“The C.J.’s of the world, those are the people who become our heroes,” said police Chief Theron Bowman.

Robinson was walking near the intersection of North Collins Street and Brown Boulevard December 14 and witnessed a high speed crash. Thomas Harper rammed his SUV into cars stopped at a red light. One driver was killed, another injured critically.

Robinson saw that there were two children in the back of Harper’s SUV. They were twin toddlers, a boy and a girl. He could have called for help. Instead he just ran into the mess to get them out.

As he tried to lift the children from the vehicle, police and prosecutors say Harper pulled out a gun, and shot Robinson. He died trying to save two lives from a deadly situation.

“Sometimes some people just don’t want help,” said his mother. “But even telling him baby you can’t help everybody, he still would go and help no matter who it was.”

A memorial to Robinson’s actions still stands at the intersection where he died. His family is working to have some type of permanent remembrance there.

Harper is in jail on no bond. He is facing charges for Robinson’s death, and for endangering his two children.

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