The Arlington City Council honored Clarence Robinson’s memory last night by presenting a posthumous State Resolution and City Proclamation to Robinson’s family members in recognition for his sacrifice and bravery.
Clarence Robinson was only 18 when he was killed on December 14 in Arlington while trying to rescue two twin toddlers from the back of a wrecked vehicle. Robinson was shot by the driver of the vehicle and the children’s father while trying to do the right thing.
The City Council meeting was yesterday evening and it was crowded with Robinson’s family, friends from Lamar High School and coworkers from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Those gathered talked of Robinson’s bright personality and of his numerous contributions to his community. He was known for helping out in the neighborhood with yard work and cleaning.
Throughout his short life, Robinson showed compassion for all those around him. When interviewed by local NBC his supervisor at Potbelly’s said, “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he walked up and approached that car to help. That was just who he was — a caring individual.”
Robison’s mother, Sharon Robinson, has said, “I’m hurt, I’m angry, but so proud knowing that my child left here a hero trying to help someone else.”
In the words of Arlington’s Mayor Robert Cluck, “There are Good Samaritans in this world. Sometimes we think there aren’t, but we always learn there are. And your son was one of them.”