Good Neighbors

Teens Called Heroes for Helping Elderly Neighbor

They stopped when they saw him fall on the sidewalk. Now they're all fast friends!

A group of teenagers are being hailed as heroes for a good deed that started with a simple Facebook post that went viral.

The five friends were driving to play basketball, when they saw an elderly man fall down on the sidewalk in Caldwell, Idaho. I saw that he fell so I stepped on my brakes," Isaac Hernandez told KTVB-TV. The boys parked and ran over, picked up the man and asked if he was all right. They weren't satisfied that Jose Gomez would make it home by himself, so they kept walking with him.

What they didn't know was that a woman also saw Gomez fall and stopped. When she saw the boys had it under control, she took pictures and posted them on her Facebook page. The story went viral.

Crazy how it blew up. We didn't do it for the attention, we just did it out of the kindness of our hearts," Hernandez told the TV station. The boys used napkins and rubbing alcohol to clean up Gomez'a bloody knees.

"It's just the right thing to do," Isaac Hernandez, helped elderly neighbor.

The boys seem almost embarrassed by the amount of attention they're getting. The local bakery made them cookies with "Hometown Heroes" in icing. A pizza place and burger joint gave them free food, and a salon offered free haircuts. They say they would have done what they did anyway. I think it makes us all feel good because we are out here helping other people. We don't expect anything in return," Hernandez said.


The boys are staying in touch with Mr. Gomez, visiting to make sure he's OK and spending time talking with him which the boys and their new friend all seem to enjoy.

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