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Positive Black Male News: 14-year-old saves elderly man, dog from Fairfield fire  Read more

Positive Black Male News: 14-year-old saves elderly man, dog from Fairfield fire Read more

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KCRA) —A 14-year-old boy smelled smoke while inside a Fairfield apartment and immediately jumped into action — saving an elderly man and a dog from the fire, officials said Monday.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Latrell McCockran was at his friend’s apartment at 1990 Grande Circle when the four-alarm apartment blaze broke out, according to the Fairfield Fire Department.

Watch report: 14-year-old boy smelled smoke, jumped into action

A smoky smell hit Latrell first, so he grabbed one of the fire extinguishers.

The teen then spotted an elderly, disabled man struggling to get out of a smoke-filled apartment unit. So Latrell went inside and helped the man escape.

“I ran from up here (on the second floor),” he told KCRA 3 on Monday, recalling the weekend blaze. “I kicked that fire extinguisher in. I saw the old guy stumbling, so I picked him up and took him down there, to where the other guys were. I gave him water and a chair.”

The man told Latrell that his dog remained in the unit, and there might be children trapped inside the building, as well. So Latrell went back in with his father.

“I went back where the dog was – back into the room where the furniture was,” Latrell said. “I opened the door and the dog came out.”

The 14-year-old then went back a third time to make sure absolutely everyone had escaped.

“I tied my shirt around my mouth and got on the floor, because you couldn’t see nothing at the top,” Latrell said. “So, I got down on the ground and called out about five or six times — nobody answered.”

When asked whether he ever felt scared, Latrell said fear is just a state of mind.

“It’s not right to sit there and watch someone die,” he said. “That would sit on me for the rest of my life and I can’t do that.”

Latrell suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation — and was taken to a hospital by his mother, fire officials said.

Latrell’s brother also helped get people out of the building. No one else was found to be inside the complex.

KCRA 3′s Claire Doan contributed to this report.

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Positive Black Male News: Man saves infant who was crawling alongside busy highway

Positive Black Male News: Man saves infant who was crawling alongside busy highway

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By Matthew Pearl, WXIA

MADISON COUNTY, Ga. – The Good Samaritan who helped a young child who nearly wandered onto a busy highway is overwhelmed by the attention he’s received.

Bryant Collins was stunned to see 15-month-old Emily Pickens crawling near Highway 72 last Friday. He stayed with the baby for two hours until authorities arrived, playing gospel music to calm the child down.

SEE IT: Madison Co. man saves child crawling near highway

Since the story aired on 11Alive Monday night, it’s reached more than 30 million people on our Facebook page,and Bryant’s actions have received more than 600,000 likes. Other media outlets have picked up on the story, including People and NBC Nightly News.

When reached at a barbershop on Tuesday night, Collins said his new-found fame has been “wild.”

Collins called 911, and emergency crews arrived. Police arrested the child’s father, Timothy Pickens, and will likely arrest the child’s mother as well.

THE PARENTS SPEAK: The baby’s parents talk to 11Alive

Thankfully, the child was not hurt, according to Madison County sheriff Kip Thomas.

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“Everything was pretty much superficial that we saw,” Thomas said, “Honestly that’s almost a miracle: that a 15-month-old can go that far from her house, into the woods, fall down an embankment, wind up near a major highway, and really not get hurt that bad.”

And Bryant Collins? He stayed with the baby for two hours.

“The baby started crying,” Collins said, “so I turned my phone on and let her listen to some gospel music, and she calmed right down.”

On this day he is a hero. But Collins could never have saved the life of this baby if he had not, long ago, saved his own.

“I did ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” he said. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”

Collins has been free and clean for five years. And it was in his new job, as an auto repairman, that he found himself on the side of the road, a baby’s life literally in his hands.

GOOD SAMARITAN SPEAKS: Bryant Collins says attention has been ‘wild’

Source: 11 Alive Atlanta

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Positive Black Male News: Detroit mailman saves family’s burning home, continues on delivery route

Positive Black Male News: Detroit mailman saves family’s burning home, continues on delivery route

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By Randy Wimbley, Fox 2 News

He won’t admit it but one Detroit neighborhood mailman is a hero now. “I wouldn’t say a hero,” Darrian Crutcher says, hoping to set the record straight. But others see it differently.

Tuesday morning Detroit firefighters responded to a house fire on Stansbury Street. When they arrived they found Crutcher upstairs putting the fire out with the home’s garden hose.

The homeowner, Carolyn Patterson, lit incense and that’s believed to have started the fire.

“It was a blessing for me to be at that spot at that particular time,” Crutcher says. His quick thinking saved Patterson’s home and, possibly, her life.

“It really was burning,” Patterson tells Fox 2′s Randy Wimbley.

Crutcher tells us he got the hose from the side of the house, took it inside and hooked it up there and began to fight the fire.

“He was spraying [the fire] down and everything and knocked [the fire] down quite a bit,” Patterson says.  “I think this room probably would’ve burned up. I really do,” she continues.

Firefighters applaud Crutcher’s job. “He did great! I asked him after it was over, I said, ‘Hey man, you should come join us! We’re hiring right now!’” David Weems of the Detroit Fire Department tells us.

Crutcher stayed on the job until firefighters arrived. When they did he just went back about his business, not even pausing to take a break or get a drink of water.

“I said, ‘Ok, they there. The real firemen is here now so I can go ahead and do my job,’” Crutcher says.

“It’s great just to see citizens just stopping to do the good – the good of man,” Weems says.

Wimbley asked Crutcher if, at any point, he thought, ‘Why am I doing this? This isn’t my job.’

Crutcher responded: “No I didn’t think that. I just seen a lady in the house and a young kid outside. I just go in and do it. I know if I … if somebody seen me like that I wish they would do me like that, too.”

Source: Fox Detroit
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Positive Black Male News: ‘I had to step in’: Hero bus driver coaxes woman off ledge of bridge

Positive Black Male News: ‘I had to step in’: Hero bus driver coaxes woman off ledge of bridge

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by Scott Stump, TODAY

A bus driver in Buffalo, N.Y., is being celebrated as a hero after he stopped on an overpass and coaxed a woman who appeared to be on the brink of suicide to safety.

“Knowing that I saved somebody’s life, it makes me feel good, being at the right place at the right time,’’ driver Darnell Barton told TODAY Thursday.

Barton, 37, was driving a bus full of McKinley High School students home on Oct. 18 when he spotted a young woman standing outside of a railing on a narrow ledge of an overpass on the Scajaquada Expressway.

“When I saw her on the other side of the guard rail, I immediately (thought)…this is something, this isn’t right,’’ Barton said.

Surveillance video shows Barton stopping the bus, opening the door and calling out to the woman, who is believed to be in her 20s. The woman has her back turned to the bus and is clinging to the railing while looking over the edge of the overpass. Barton called the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Metro Bus dispatcher to inform them of the situation while continuing to speak to the woman.

“Once I opened the door and made contact, and I saw her look back at me and then look back at the 198 (highway), I knew that was it,’’ Barton said. “I had to step in.”

Barton got off the bus, walked over to her, slipped his left arm around her body and gently coaxed her off the ledge. He then sat down on the ground next to her and put his arm around her.

“I said, ‘Whatever it is, it might feel bad, it may feel bad, but jumping is not the answer,’’’ Barton said.

Shortly after, officials arrived on the scene. When Barton got back on the bus, his student passengers gave him a round of applause. Another bus was dispatched to take the students home while Barton gave his account of the event to police.

Barton returned to work, completing the rest of his shift for the day.

Source: Today.com

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Positive Black Male News: Man who returned ring no longer homeless: ‘I feel human now’

Positive Black Male News: Man who returned ring no longer homeless: ‘I feel human now’

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TODAY – Six months ago, 55-year-old Billy Ray Harris was homeless. He lived on a street corner in Kansas City, holding out a cup and asking passers-by for spare change. But then, one day, his life changed.

In February, Sarah Darling passed Harris at his usual spot and dropped some change into his cup. But, unbeknownst to her, she also accidentally dropped in her engagement ring.

Though Harris considered selling the ring — he got it appraised for $4,000 — he ultimately couldn’t go through with it, and a few days later, he returned the ring to Darling.

“I am not trying to say that I am no saint, but I am no devil either,” he said at the time.

As a way to say thank you, Darling and her husband Bill Krejci started a fund to raise money for Harris to help him get his life back on track. “We set a goal for a thousand dollars,” Darling told TODAY in March. “We set it up because a lot of people who had been touched by the story expressed interest in helping Billy Ray.”

The fund raised far more than any of them expected — in just three months, people donated more than $190,000.

Harris talked to a lawyer, who helped him put the money in a trust. Since then, he’s been able to buy a car and even put money down on a house, which he’s fixing up himself.

And that’s not all: After he appeared on TV, his family members, who had not been able to find him for 16 years and had heard rumors he was dead, were able to track him down. They were happily reunited, and Harris is now working on his relationship with them, including nieces and nephews he hadn’t even known existed.

“When I think of the past, I think, thank God that it’s over,” he told TODAY. “I mean, I feel human now.”

And the Kansas City community hasn’t forgotten about Harris and his good deed. “I still see some of the same people,” he says, “but only now, instead of coming up and giving me change, they’re coming up shaking my hand and, you know, saying ‘hey, good job’.”

Since the fateful day that Darling’s ring landed in his cup, Harris’ life has done a 180. “This is what they call the American Dream,” he says. “I want to thank all the people that helped me out. I want them to see where all their efforts, blessings and kindness is going.”

And he has lifelong friends in the couple whose ring he returned.

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