Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

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EVEN ON TOP OF A GLACIER, PITTSBURGHER WAS HELPFUL

If you know a father and son who have been traveling through Iceland this month, then you may know my hero.

Let me explain: I was doing a walk on a glacier and it was more than I expected (more in the way of balance and coordination).

I made it to the top but took a fall on the way down. I was not hurt, but it was still a long way down. The next thing I knew this nice man with a strong arm was beside me. I know without his help I would have visited the ice a few more times.

I do not know his name, but I heard he was from Jefferson Hills and that he is an attorney and his son is a student at Pitt. Well, if you know him, tell him Cindy from the North Hills thanks him for this random act of kindness from one Pittsburgher to another.

CINDY SOPHER

Ross

DANIEL SAW A 90-YEAR-OLD FALL AND ASSISTED HER IN EVERY WAY

I was walking across Liberty Avenue in Downtown on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May when someone jostled me.

Being 90 and not quite as nimble as I once was, I lost my balance and fell -- hard -- blocking traffic and creating a scene.

Immediately, a marvelous young man named Daniel was at my side. He called 911, hailed the police officer on the next corner and gathered up my glasses, purse and packages -- all of which had gone flying when I fell.

He brought everything to me and knelt by my head, took my hand and talked to me; I have no idea what he said but just hearing his voice kept me from panicking.

As the officer was on site within a minute to summon the paramedics, it was only a short time until they arrived. Even so, lying on the hot asphalt was very uncomfortable, but Daniel stayed by my side, continuing to hold my hand and talk calmly and reassuringly while we waited.

The EMTs quickly determined that I had broken my hip and needed to go to the hospital. …

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