LONDON — Chris Parker was there, reportedly, because it was a good place to beg. Stephen Jones, 35, was sleeping nearby. Now, both homeless men are being praised as heroes after the Manchester Arena bombing.
As Manchester and the rest of Britain were trying to come to terms with the country’s deadliest terrorist attack in more than a decade, the two men are being hailed on social media for their selflessness and courage.
Mr. Parker, 33, was panhandling in the concourse area outside the arena when the bomb exploded, according to local news reports. The force of the blast knocked him to the floor, but he was unfazed.
Rather than running for safety, he went to the aid of victims, comforting a girl who had lost her legs, wrapping her in a T-shirt, and cradling a dying woman in his arms.
Mr. Jones says he pulled nails out of children’s arms and …
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