Friday, January 05, 2007

True Heroes: Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez

In these times when our government has abandoned their moral authority, and the ruling parties have turned us against each other. These times when so-called conservatives blame intellectuals, and religion blames science, and the rich blame the poor for all that ails the planet, we must turn to each other for inspiration.

America has a rich history of ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things.

Two days after Wesley Autrey saved a man in the New York City subway, Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez, both New Yorkers, saved a three-year old from falling to his death.

The boy was falling from the third-floor and the men caught him.

This was not a miracle! This was two brave men reaching-out to save the life of another.

Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez saved a stranger's life.

Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez are what make New Yorkers great.

Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez deserve a medal and a new home and a trip around the world and a gazillion dollars.

These are men who deserves all the best in life!

They are heroes!

Two NYC men save falling toddler
Fri Jan 5, 7:53 AM ET

Two passers-by rescued a toddler who fell four stories, scrambling to catch him as he tumbled from a fire escape, police said.

Julio Gonzalez, 43, and Pedro Nevarez, 40, saw 3-year-old Timothy Addo dangling from a Bronx building on Thursday, police said. The boy had crawled out of a window when his baby sitter briefly took her eyes off of him, police said.

"He was hanging on for dear life," Gonzalez said.

Hearing people in the building scream for help as the boy's grip weakened, the men rushed over to position themselves under the fire escape to catch him.

"No one came," Nevarez said. "We knew it was up to us."

The boy tumbled and hit Nevarez in the chest so hard he knocked him off balance, but he bounced into Gonzalez' arms.

Timothy was treated at the hospital for a cut on his forehead.

"He's fine. He's happy. He's smiling," said his mother, 26-year-old Katrina Cosme, who was working at the time of the accident.

Police talked to the baby sitter, and an investigation was continuing Friday, Detective John Sweeney said.

The crucial catch came two days after a bystander threw himself onto a Manhattan subway track to save a man who had fallen, and a day after three police officers delivered a baby on a Brooklyn subway platform.

"This is the week of heroes in New York," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Now is the time for all Americans to return to the harmony that was sought by all of us in the seventies. When we accepted the civil rights of others and reached for more ways to make the world more equitable.

We must return to the days before the televangelists turned us against each other.

We must return to the days of economic justice, and encourage opportunity.

The men who have recently become heroes in New York City are all regular guys, just like you and me. They are changing the world. We need to remember that a noble goal is the preservation of our society for all people.

Thank God for heroes!

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