Hero Showed Strength on Seymour Avenue

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CLEVELAND — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are all free thanks in part to the courageous men who helped the women escape from the home on Seymour Avenue.

Fox 8 News spoke to one of the men who many are calling a hero.

“I was the first person who broke the door,” said Angel Cordero, 32.

In Spanish, Cordero said he was the first person to break down the door to rescue the three missing women from the home on Seymour Avenue Monday afternoon.

Cordero said he was at a friend’s house right across the street when he heard Amanda Berry, 27, screaming for help and trying to escape.

“I crossed the street and I asked the girl what was happening and she told me that she’s been kidnapped for 10 years.  We tried together to open the door but it was locked with a chain and the door didn’t open much so I kicked the door open,” Cordero explained.

Cordero says he, Charles Ramsey and other neighbors helped the women escape from the house, then got Berry to a phone so she could call police.

“I’m Amanda Berry, I’ve been on the news for the last ten years,” was what Berry told a 911 operator.

Since Cordero was only able to spend a short time with Berry as she rushed out of the house, he says he hopes to see her again one day, but under better circumstances.

We asked Cordero if he feels like a hero for rescuing Berry, DeJesus and Knight, but he said he doesn’t.

“I feel normal.  I did something I needed to do.  A big, important favor,” said Cordero.

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