You have got to love Charles Ramsey, the next door neighbor who played the pivotal role in freeing the trio of women from captivity in Cleveland recently.
Ramsey, 43, heard the cries for help of Amanda Berry, one of three women who had been held against their will in a nondescript house in a Cleveland neighborhood, and, in his words, just did what he had to do: He helped the young woman to freedom.
Soon thereafter, the authorities made arrests as the case made international headlines.
Ramsey was an instant sensation. An African American, a comment he made to media shortly after the case was broken open burned up the web: "I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway."
He told police he had lived next door to the home for about a year and had not noticed anything out of place.
(One of the accused kidnappers) "just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he's somebody you look, then look away. He's not doing anything but the average stuff. You see what I'm saying? There's nothing exciting about him. Well, until today."
Charles Ramsey is a regular kind of guy. And he proves that heroes can live right nex door.