BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A homeless man is being called a hero for saving a stranger from thieves who tried to steal his wheelchair.
John “Triston” Stubbs is homeless, suffers from cerebral palsy and relies on a wheelchair to get around.
Joseph Hall is also homeless. The two didn’t know each other by name before, but they had seen each other around Firehouse Homeless Shelter in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, WBMA reports.
Hall knew the man in the wheelchair usually came into the shelter at night, so when he didn’t one night, Hall got worried and started looking for him.
“I knew he was defenseless, tried to keep a watch on him,” Hall told WBMA.
Around the corner from the shelter, a group of men robbed Stubbs at knife-point. They took the $500 he tucked inside his shoe.
Then, as he was making his way back to the shelter, some other men approached him and tried to take his wheelchair.
That’s when Hall finally caught up with Stubbs.
“When I walked up they said we’ll give you $20 bucks to turn your back and look the other way,” said Hall.
He wasn’t about to back down.
“I was like, ‘You’re not taking his chair. That don’t sit well with my heart,'” recalled Hall.
After rescuing Stubbs, Hall went a step further. Since it was after-hours, Stubbs wasn’t able to get a room; the shelter was locked up for the night. So Hall took him to a nearby hotel and spent all his money, $60, so he could have a safe place to sleep.
“I don’t feel like a hero. Anybody got a heart and love people has got to reach out,” says Hall.