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Boys Hailed As Hometown Heroes For Helping Elderly Man After Fall

Patch logo Patch 4/10/2019 Beth Dalbey
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CALDWELL, ID — Erika Tovar started snapping pictures when she saw what five teenagers were up to in Caldwell, Idaho, a couple of weeks ago. When Tovar posted her pictures on Facebook, the five boys became internet heroes. They are a bit overwhelmed by all the attention for what they say was just a simple good deed.

Victor Ornelas, Isaac Hernandez, Diego Ramirez, Devan Ornelas and Josh Sorg were on the way to play basketball when they spotted an elderly man using a walker who had fallen down.

Basketball could wait.

Hernandez, who was driving, slammed on his brakes and parked the car. The boys jumped out, ran to the man — Jose Gomez — and not only helped him up, but walked with him to his home and tended to his injuries.

Tovar, who had just dropped off her children at their cousins’ home, had seen Gomez struggling and kept an eye on him from her rear-view mirror. When he fell, she quickly made a U-turn with the intent to help him, but the boys reached Gomez first. That’s when Tovar started taking pictures.

Gomez’s knees were banged up and bleeding. So the boys soaked a napkin in alcohol and cleaned up his wounds.

“It touched my heart how caring these boys are,” Tovar told Yahoo Lifestyle.. “I wanted my Facebook friends to see. But I didn’t think it would go viral!”

Tovar didn’t have the boys’ names when she made her post, but people in the town of nearly 55,000 shared it often enough that names were put to faces. Businesses throughout Caldwell heaped gifts — everything from pastries, pizza and hamburgers to haircuts and massages — to show their respect and appreciation.

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Kathy Plaisance, who owns the Sweet Spot Bakery in Caldwell, told news station KTVB the boys are “hometown heroes for Caldwell.”

“We got them cupcakes and cookies with their names on it and cookies that say hometown heroes because that's how we feel about them,” she said.

Hernandez can’t quite figure out what all the internet hullabaloo is about.

“Crazy how it blew up,” he told KTVB. “We didn't do it for the attention, we just did it out of the kindness of our hearts. It's just the right thing to do.”

Gomez is grateful to the boys, who he now considers friends.

“I was just falling down I don't know what happened,” he told KTVB. “They picked me up. I was walking just right and then sadly I went down, and they come up and say hey, want us to take you home and I said okay, let's go. It made me feel good."

Gomez told KTVB there was a time when he would have done the same thing.

“They remind me of myself when I was younger,” he said.

The boys go out of their way to check on Gomez and see how he’s doing.

“He likes that we go and check up on him, and talk to him, ask him how his day was,” Hernandez told KTVB.

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