Friday, March 28, 2008

Julio Diaz, A Man of True Courage and Heart

If you come here for uplifting stories, then you'll like this one. It's about a social worker named Julio Diaz who gets mugged at knifepoint in the Bronx. It's got a happy ending. Somewhere along the way, from his mom, probably—but I like to think maybe in kindergarten—this guy learned some values, human values.

Here's a taste of it:

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."

Read about it here:


It's also an NPR radio story, and you can hear Julio tell it in his own words as part of their Story Corps series here:

Listen to it here:


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