Four young men are being praised as heroes for stopping to push an elderly woman home after her electric scooter broke down in the middle of a Florida thunderstorm.
Katty Castro, a public relations rep at Florida Living Independent community, saw the act of kindness unfold before her eyes and snapped a couple photos of the heroic gesture.
“Since this is a very quiet neighborhood, I was surprised to hear a commotion, laughs and four gentlemen pushing one of my lady residents under a heavy storm in Florida,” Castro said.
“They were pushing her up the big slope toward her residence. These heroes were so focused on helping regardless of the inclement weather and they were even covering her with an umbrella, which showed more compassion on their part.”
The men were on their way home from work when they noticed the woman having issues.
“[We] noticed the woman was clearly experiencing a malfunction with her mobile scooter,” JohnMorgan Massa, a corporate general manager at Rebounderz Adventure Parks, said.
“We were tired, dirty and wanted to get back to the hotel; but, knew without a doubt that regardless of our long day, it certainly wasn’t worse than the day this lady was having. She literally had a plastic bag on her head to keep her hair dry,” he added. “We knew we couldn’t leave her in the rain, in the middle of the road.”
Castro posted the photos she snapped on Facebook where the four men instantly become internet heroes. But while the boys were shocked at the praise, they passed it off as something everyone should do if they see someone in need.
“Holding a door, smiling, picking up someone’s spilled groceries, reaching for an item on the top shelf in the grocery store; and, yes, helping someone whose electric wheelchair broke down in the rain are things almost anyone can do,” Massa said.
As for Castro, she hopes this moment inspires others to step up and show kindness when times get tough.
“As a mom of teenagers, I want my children to grow up like these ‘modern heroes,’” Castro said. “In these rough times, let’s demonstrate compassion to one another.”