Heroic Homeless In Manchester Praised For Their Work During Terror Attacks
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Among the horrific scenes last night at the Manchester Arena, a bigger wave of people was noticeable: the unsung heroes of the city.
The residents, fellow concert-goers, and strangers of Manchester pulled together to help those injured or killed in the attack.
Taxi drivers offered free rides to those who were stranded, passersby offered first aid, and food outlets gave out meals to those who needed the support most.
NHS staff pulled double-shifts, or even came in off-shift to the six hospitals where the wounded were needing care. Adults gave up treatment so children could receive priority.
The explosion, from the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, caused the death of 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert, injured almost 60, and caused shock and distress to thousands of others.
One homeless hero was Chris Parker, 33, who was begging in the foyer of the music venue when the bomb exploded.
Despite being knocked to the ground by the blast, he got up and sprinted towards injured music fans.
Now, a woman claiming to be his mum, is desperate to be reunited with her son.
Credit: Go Fund Me
Jessica Parker, writing on a Go Fund Me Page, wrote: "Hi this is my son and I am desperate to get in touch with him, we have been estranged for a very long time and I had no idea he was homeless.
"I am very proud of him and I think he might need me right now."
Chris was seen helping a young girl with 'no legs' - whose mum, he believes, had died from her injuries. He later helped a woman, who he said was in her 60s, who had serious leg and head wounds. Sadly, the woman died in his arms.
Another, among the hundreds of helpers, was Steve, a homeless man sleeping near the Manchester Arena at the time of the incident.
He told ITV: "Just because I'm homeless doesn't mean that I've not got a heart. I'm human still.
"They need the help, I'd like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It's just instinct to go and help, if someone needs your help and it was children. I mean, it was children with a lot of blood all over them."
Steve, as well as offered the necessary help, also potentially saved someone's life.
"Some lady, she got cut from her side here, so my mate had to hold her legs up and then an ambulance came and they assisted her after that," he added. "We just held her legs up because we thought she was just going to bleed out."
Since Steve's story went viral across social media, there has been an outcry to help the man who showed so much kindness and compassion.
A fundraising page was set up with a target of £500, but that has now been smashed. Over £10,000 has been raised to get Steve on his feet again and have somewhere to live.
Steve, and Chris, are just two of the hundreds of good people demonstrated by the events of the 24 hours.
Tonight, at a vigil held in the city centre, thousands stood shoulder-to-shoulder to show solidarity.
Drew Weymont, a member of the Mancunian public, told LADbible: "The last time the terrorist attack on this city was by the IRA, we bounced back from that, the city has rebuilt itself physically. Now it will rebuild itself again. Doesn't matter on your background, people will come together.
"If that was meant to intimidate us, they've picked the wrong city."
Manchester refused to break after last night's attack. Off-duty medics showed up to help out, taxi drivers worked for free and hundreds of residents offered up beds, sofas and cups of tea for those affected. LADbible want to tell the stories of these unsung heroes. If you, or anyone you know, offered support last night we want to talk to you - email [email protected]
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