Two homeless men living on streets near Manchester Arena went in the terror-struck arena as homeless and left as heroes. In the time of horror and disgrace at Adriana Grande’s concert attack, Chris Parker and Stephen Jones showed selfless courage and helped the victims.
Chris Parker, 33, thought that the arena’s entrance area could be a good place to ask people for some money and as he was panhandling near the entry gate, the bomb exploded and Mr Parker was knocked to the road but he quickly got on feet and instead of running away to a safer place, he went in and tried to help the victims. Amid the smoke and shrieks of explosion, he saw a little girl who had lost her leg so he went ahead and wrapped her in a merchandise t-shirt to stop bleeding until the medics arrived.
Mr Parker, who has slept rough in the city for about a year, said he also tended to a woman aged in her 60s who was badly hurt from the bombing with serious leg and head injuries. But unfortunately she passed away in his arms. Parker said that the couldn’t stop crying since then. The story of Parker went viral and people have been praising his selfless and courageous acts. There is one more heroic story.
Another homeless man, Stephen Jones, 35, was sleeping on street nearby the arena when he heard the loud bang of bomb, and he immediately hushed towards the arena. Mr Jones said that he had pulled nails and nuts and bolts from children’s faces and arms and he said people had holes on their faces and backs. Jones said, “There was a lot of homeless people that stayed there and helped and that’s what we done. And obviously when we see children like that with blood… having to pull nails and stuff out of their arms and I pulled one out of this little girl’s face. If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that.”
Manchester and the rest of Britain was still under the terror of country’s deadliest terror attack since more than a decade, two homeless men hailed on social media for their heroic acts. Online funds have been raised for both Mr Parker and Mr Jones and as per reports, the funds collected have reached the figure of 30,000 pounds to help the homeless heroes.
That is not it, the viral story caught the attention of West Ham co-chairman’s son Dave Sullivan who has promised free accommodation to the heroes and provide them monetary help as well as a job so that he can get on his feet. In addition to covering six months of rent, he also plans to buy Jones new clothes and food. Another local resident offered to get Jones a job at his company. While talking about this, Jones said that he has done what anyone would. He is homeless but he still has heart and he is no hero but just a human being.
If every single human on this world understand what Mr Jones said – Just a human being who would help others, then the world will be a much better place. The homeless heroes will not be homeless anymore and this is the purest example of humanity.