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Philadelphia mayor a hero after local fire

July 22, 2007 at 6:08 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, July 22 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and two of his bodyguards are being heralded as heroes after helping several fire victims.

The Philadelphia Daily News said Sunday that Street and his bodyguards had been walking to City Hall last week when they heard cries of help from people injured in a house fire.

The mayor quickly began alerting residents of the growing blaze, while one of his bodyguards carried an injured child to a nearby home. The other bodyguard took the trio's heroic actions even further by rushing into the fiery property to successfully save the child's cat.

While the fire was quickly contained by firefighters, victims later told the newspaper of the mayor's exemplary efforts.

"People say the mayor doesn't do anything, but I really respect him for stopping and caring," resident Ashley Young said. "He could have kept on going, but he gave us his attention. He did a good deed."

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