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Courtney Best is by all means a hero, and interestingly enough it all has to do with her cigarette smoking habit. Best, who works at a pizza shop in Corpus Christi, Texas, decided to take a cigarette break in the front of the store, instead of the back on June 26.

Choosing to take her break in the front, saved a child’s life. Best previously received an Amber Alert on her phone and was shocked at what she was watching.

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“I stepped outside, I was standing by the trash can and I seen a white car pull up and I just happen to take my phone with me cause we don’t look at our phones at work, and I looked down and I saw ‘white Dodge Avenger amber alert’, and I was like, nah, that’s not him,” said Courtney. “The man was walking across the parking lot looking at me … cause I was the only person out here, with the little boy and the little boy looked scared and I was like no, that’s not him.”

When she realized it was the kidnapper, she knew she had to do something.

“My stomach started knotting up, so I was like, ahh, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna check and see,” Courtney said.

She hopped into her own car and discretely drove by the suspect’s vehicle to check the license plates. Sure enough, they were a match.

She called 911 but, by this time, the suspect was back in the car and about to drive off.

“And I’m on the phone with 911 and I tell her, look, the plates match up, he’s turning left on Staples but I’m gonna follow him.”

Soon after Best followed the kidnapper, the cops arrived and arrested Channing Galbraith. The kidnapped boy, 7-year old Nicholas Gomez, is safe.

And it’s all thanks to an alert woman with incredible timing.

“That’s why I’m freakin’ out,” said Best. “Cause, what are the odds? What are the odds of me looking at my phone? And I usually don’t even look at amber alerts, as bad as that sounds, I look at them and I don’t really pay attention. And I was like, he couldn’t get from Alice in that little bit of time. Sure enough it was him.”

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  • more power to you sister Courtney Best for follow you instincts [“mother witt” as my mother called it] and did what was right and saved a child life.

    • RaiseTheBar

      That’s what DAD use to call it!

      LUV IT!!!

      YES, Ms. Best used her intuition, good judgment! There is HOPE if this MENTALity along with ACTION is the NORM not the exception.

      DAD also use to say, “An Ounce of PREVENTION is worth a Pound of Cure” — MORE Pro-action —-> less re-action.

    • Amen yep you got it, see DAD and I are most likely of the same generation, he heard his mother say that like I heard my mother say that and more isn’t it amazing how a people who lived far apart, never knew each other, not even related in no way but race can have the same habits, SAYING, ways etc. .
      “There is HOPE if this MENTALity along with ACTION is the NORM not the exception.” you are exactly right there is hope in this mentality this mentality have saved us mentality and physically, how else could we survive the most physically and mentally heinous form of slavery the world have ever seen plus another 100 years of Jim Crow all we got to do is “trust it” but see what we have been reduce to is reading so call new age crap in college that have changed a lot of our way of thinking and the way we operate thus we no longer rely on our natural instincts we now act in the way those in power want us to act because they control the media and most of us don’t even know it, we think we are smart and nothing can be further from the truth.

    • RaiseTheBar

      DAD may be of your mother’s generation — he (now deceased) was born in 1930s Georgia. Family relocated to NYC when he was 10yrs. ME=50+

      WE know this, WE get it — This Mother Wit:

      “…this mentality have saved us mentality and physically, how else could we survive the most physically and mentally heinous form of slavery the world have ever seen plus another 100 years of Jim Crow…”

      Too Many have allowed Ourselves to fall PREY to MASS materialistic consumerism = 21st century SLAVERY (Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically).

      My millenial niece (20+) gets it (by way of her MOM), so I KNOW Capitalistic GREED ($$$) has not won.

    • RaiseTheBar

      “…reading so call new age crap in college that have changed a lot of our way of thinking and the way we operate thus we no longer rely on our natural instincts we now act in the way those in power want us to act because they control the media and most of us don’t even know it, we think we are smart and nothing can be further from the truth.”

      INDOCTRINATION
      http://www.vocabulary[dot]com/dictionary/indoctrination

      WE use to do the “office politics” but NEVER brought that sh*t home. NOW it’s being allowed to permeate every fiber of one’s being.

      NOT a lost Cause. Keep Speaking YOUR Truth!

    • you are right, thanks, you dad is of my mother generation you and I are most likely of the same generation.

      “Too Many have allowed Ourselves to fall PREY to MASS materialistic consumerism = 21st century SLAVERY (Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically).
      My millenial niece (20+) gets it (by way of her MOM), so I KNOW Capitalistic GREED ($$$) has not won.” great I wish I could say the same about mines however it ain’t too late for them but the most dangerous and destructive thing is what our so call best have allow their enemy to control them mentally their thoughts.

  • binks

    Congrats to Courtney Best is truly a hero! She the prime example of trusting your instincts and gut in this situation because who knows what could have happened to this child. Kudos Courtney, black excellence strikes again.

  • G

    This is what a heroine looks like.

  • Sweetasbanana

    Wow! Amazing! I never get amber alerts. I’ll try to set one up on my phone.