A homeless man who helped victims of Monday’s Manchester attack has been given six months free rent by the owner West Ham United football (soccer) club.
David Sullivan put out the word to BBC Radio Tuesday that he wanted to help the man, who was later identified as Steve Jones, The Telegraph reported. Sullivan and his son found Jones through social media, telling those who helped with the search that they “helped change a man’s life.”
Jones, 35, was sleeping near the arena when he was awakened by the blast. He helped many of the victims of the explosion, pulling nails out of people’s arms and faces and staying with them until help came, he told ITV.
“Just because I am homeless, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a heart and I’m not human still,” Jones said. “They needed the help, I’d like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed help. It’s just instinct to go and help.”
Twenty-two people were killed in the blast and 119 more were injured in the attack for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.
“If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that,” Jones added, praising the police who were on the scene. “We don’t normally get on with the police, but I’ll give them 100 percent” for their quick response, he told ITV.
A crowdfunding campaign also has raised more than $30,000 for Jones.
Twitter was full of accolades for the homeless hero.
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