Homeless Man Saves Children After Deadly Explosion

May 26, 2017 6:15 pm
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People are often fearful and distrusting of the homeless, but one English homeless man is being celebrated around the world for his bravery in the aftermath of a deadly bombing.

35-year-old Stephen Jones, a former bricklayer, has been homeless for the past year after being devastated by his grandmother’s passing, but has recently been hailed a hero after he bravely risked his life to help others after a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

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Jones had been sleeping outside the arena that night when he first heard a bang, which he first thought was fireworks. “We heard one little bang and then the next with the shockwave… I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood,” Jones said.

“Well, me and my friend got up at first and ran, but then we turned back because we knew we had to. Don’t get me wrong, we did run away at first, we ran. But, then we did turn back and ran back when we realized we were OK and people needed our help.” As screaming children started running out, Jones and a friend frantically tried to wipe blood and debris off. “It was a lot of children with blood all over them, crying and screaming. We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces.”

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While Jones is being called a hero, he insists anyone else would have done the same. “Just because I’m homeless, it doesn’t mean I haven’t got a heart,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I’d just walked away. There’s a lot of good people in Manchester who help us out and we need to give back too.”

In response to his heroism, members of the community have been offering their help to get Jones off the streets. So far, a business owner has offered Jones an interview for a job and a local football club owner has pledged six months worth of rent for an apartment.

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