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Community Embraces Local Hero
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 23, 2004

EAST LUBBOCK, TEXAS--Seven months ago, Lester Harrison was homeless.

Now the community of East Lubbock has embraced him, in part because of his heroic actions earlier this month, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

Six months ago, a man by the name of S.K. Hardaway found Harrison, who has mental retardation, wandering the streets. Hardaway took him in.

On December 10, Harrison found that Hardaway had become seriously ill. Harrison called 911. Emergency workers took Hardaway to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

But while Harrison was visiting Hardaway at the hospital, burglars broke into his home and took his bike, watch and some food. They also broke some of his things.

Since the story of the burglary broke, gifts have been pouring in for Harrison, including four bicycles, food and cash.

He told a reporter he was surprised at the community's support.

"I liked it," he said. "I didn't even know. Ain't that something?"

"A show of love for hero" (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)


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