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People Are Praising The Homeless Men Who Rushed To Help Those Injured In The Manchester Attack

"A man who had nothing but gave his all. A hero. Thank you for being so kind."

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Homeless men sleeping rough in Manchester were some of the first on the scene after a bomb went off during an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night, killing 22 people and injuring more than 50.

Multiple men told media outlets how they cradled injured people and "pulled nails" from the faces of children who had been within the blast's radius. One was 35-year-old Stephen Jones. In an interview with ITV News he described the moments following the blast.

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"They needed the help and I'd like to think if I needed the help someone would come look after me," he said.

"It was a lot of children with blood all over them, crying and screaming."

Jones described how he held a woman's legs up after she had been left with wounds following the blast. "We just held her legs up because we thought she was just going to bleed right out," he said.

"It had to be done, you had to help – if I didn't help I wouldn't be able to live with myself."

Another homeless man who rushed to the rescue was 33-year-old Chris Parker, who was begging near the foyer of the arena when the explosion happened.

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"Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else," Parker told the Press Association. "As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming."

"It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help," Parker added.

He said he tended to an injured little girl and a woman in her sixties, who he said died in his arms.

After multiple outlets reported on Parker, his mum Jessica posted a status on Facebook asking people to help her get in touch with her son. She wrote she had no idea he was homeless as the pair have been estranged "for a long while".

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“I am so proud of him but I am so sad for what he’s had to see and go through. I just want the chance to be reunited,” she told the Norwich Evening News.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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