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Defining a Hero: When the Worst Events Bring Out the Best in People

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2007-1-28 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Spe

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by jerilyn watson
2007-1-28

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm barbara klein.

voice two:

and i'm mario ritter. every society has its heroes. this week on our program, we present several stories of heroism in action.

(music)

voice one:

we start in new york city earlier this month -- january fourth, to be exact. two friends, julio gonzalez and pedro nevarez, were standing on the street talking. suddenly, people in a nearby apartment building screamed for help.

a three-year-old boy was hanging from the steps of the fire escape outside the building. timothy addo was twelve meters above the ground, and scared.

the men saw that he was going to fall. the two mechanics ran across the street and positioned themselves to catch him.

voice two:

they got there just in time. timothy lost his hold and dropped. his feet hit mister nevarez and pushed him over onto the sidewalk. but the little boy landed in the arms of mister gonzalez, who also fell. timothy was shaken by the experience, but he was safe.

experts in human behavior tell us that some situations bring out the best in people. but something made this event all the more newsworthy. just two days earlier, new york city had another accidental hero.

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