Homeless men living in the city of Manchester have been praised for their heroics during the Manchester Arena bombing last night.
The brave men who were close to the scene of the mass tragedy have been hailed by police officers after they managed to save lives as the city was in the amidst of horror.
The news of the men’s brave actions have been highlighted in the past 24 hours as two men spoke to media to give their accounts of the terrifying events unfolding before their eyes.
One brave man named Stephen Jones, who was sleeping outdoors near Manchester Arena at the time of the attack, told ITV News of his experience during the attack which killed 22 innocent people and injured 59 others.
Mr Jones, 35, who bravely sprung into action to help his fellow man told the station he woke up late on Monday night after he heard a huge bang, which he initially assumed was a firework.
The emotional hero further explained about the events he was about to be embroiled in, saying: “I then realised what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood.”
Mr Jones also described his actions on the night in graphic detail, telling the broadcaster that he quickly rushed to help as many victims as he could, wiping blood from children’s faces amid a devastating scene of “lifeless” bodies strewn about the floor surrounded by “hysterical” moms.
The distraught man also explained: “We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces,” he told ITV News. “We haven’t slept most of the night because of what we’ve seen.”
Meanwhile another homeless man by the name of Chris Parker, 33, gave his account of the terrifying incident in which a woman died in his arms.
The hapless hero who was in the foyer area of the venue recalled how everyone was in complete panic, explaining: “Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.”
“It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.”
“There were people lying on the floor everywhere.” “I saw a little girl … she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there’.”
“He said he thought the child’s mother had died from her injuries.”
An emotional Mr Parker, also gave his account of how he tended to a woman aged in her 60s who was badly hurt from the bombing with serious leg and head injuries.
Mr Parker said: “She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family.”
“I haven’t stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.”