“I tell you what you do, give it to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to — that little girl came out the house and she was crying.”
– Charles Ramsey, the most famous neighbor in America right now, told Anderson Cooper that he’s not interested in accepting any reward money for his part in helping to save Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight. Ramsey heard Amanda Berry’s cries and helped her, her daughter Jocelyn, and her fellow hostages, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, escape from the house in which they’d been imprisoned for the last decade.
While Ramsey has gotten a lot of attention for his amusing television interviews, let’s make it clear that the first thing this man should be known for is not his soon-to-be-autotuned soundbites, but for having the courage to respond when he saw someone in need of help. But Ramsey told Cooper that he’s not a hero:
“No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute. You have to have cajones, bro.”
That he continues to show such remarkable compassion and humility just makes me love and admire him more. Bless you, Charles! [Raw Story]