UPDATE: Stephen Jones, 35, became widely famous after sharing his Manchester attack story with reporters.
The homeless man had done all he could to help victims of the deadly attack when he saw children had been injured. As his story was widely shared on social media, his bravery and kind heart caught the attention of West Ham United FC Co-Chairman David Sullivan and his son, David Sullivan Jr. Now, father and son are giving Jones a place to live, rent-free, for six months.
Hoping this will help him “get on his feet,” the younger Sullivan took to social media to ask users to help track the man. Once he found Jones, he announced on Twitter the great news.
WE HAVE FOUND STEVE ! Shows the power for good social media has. Thank you to all those involved, you have helped change a mans life ❤️— DAVE SULLIVAN JNR (@DaveSulley) May 23, 2017
While it's terribly tragic that this man was only given a second chance after this horrific attack took place, it's still heartwarming to know people are willing to help those who go the extra mile in lending a hand to someone in need.
As more details concerning the tragic and deadly Manchester Arena bomb attack hit the news, we are also beginning to see stories of hope and solidarity pouring in.
Stephen Jones, a former bricklayer who has been homeless for more than a year, was sleeping near Manchester Arena at the time of the attack. He said he rushed to help the wounded children after the blast.
The minute he heard the bang, he said he first thought it had only been a firework. It wasn't long until he realized “what was happening,” he told reporters. That's when he “saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood.”
As he rushed to assist in any way, he recalled having to wipe blood from children's eyes as it dawned on him that they had debris buried in their skin.
“We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces,” he told reporters, including “a couple out of [a] little girl's face.”
“Some lady, she got cut from her side here, so [my] mate had to hold her legs up and then an ambulance guy came and a fireman and they assisted after that,” he added. “We just held her legs up because we thought she was just going to bleed right out.”
Jones said he wanted to help because he saw so many children injured and desperate for care.
“Just because I'm homeless, it doesn't mean that I haven't got a heart,” he said. “... I'd like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help.”
Still, the horror he and his friend witnessed was so heart-wrenching that they weren't able to sleep again that night.
As investigators look closer into this horrific attack, we must remember that in times of grief and tragedy, these everyday heroes are the ones who deserve the attention, not those who are filled with hate.
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