Dominican, Haitian workers join to save two children from blaze
Santo Domino (elnacional.com.do). – Social frictions were left behind and solidarity of the highest form took over when a group of construction workers, Dominicans and Haitians joined to save the lives of two children trapped by a 14th floor blaze in a building in the upscale sector of Naco on Saturday.
House painter Juan Ruiz, carpenter Yerdi Mesa, brick mason Genar Tomas and the domestic Agustin Terrero became heroes who defied death to keep the desperate children from jumping to escape the flames and smoke.
Ruiz, 31, who is used to heights told reporters how his colleagues tied him with a rope to rappel from the rooftop to the 14th floor of the San Juan Metropolitan building on Tiradentes Av., to save the minor who desperately yelled for help from a rear window.
“When I saw the screaming kids I thought of my children. I cried out for God to help me and I went for them without hesitation,” said a moved Ruiz, adding that he didn’t stop to think that they were people who in most cases, being a poor worker don’t even tell him the time of day.
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