Isaac Hernandez and his four best friends, Victor Ornelas, Diego Ramirez, Devan Ornelas, and Josh Sorg were driving down the street to play basketball at his house when they saw an elderly man fall.
According to KTVB, it was a few weeks ago when Hernandez noticed the elderly man struggling to walk along the street with the aid of his walker.
He explained that when he witnessed the man fall, he quickly stopped his car and they all ran out to help:
“I saw that he fell so I stepped on my brakes. We parked and we all ran out. We picked him up and we asked if he was okay, he said he was fine.
So we just kept walking with him. We said we were going to walk him all the way to his house. We helped him inside, and his knee was bleeding. So, we grabbed napkins put alcohol on it and cleaned him up.”
What they didn’t know at the time was that someone was watching them from afar and took photos of Hernandez and his friends rushing to the man’s aid.
That person later posted the images on Facebook and that post quickly went viral:
Shout out to these young boys for helping an elderly man off the ground after he fell and walking him home.If any of you have elderly family check on them make sure they are okay!
Their good deed eventually caught the attention of their Caldwell, Idaho community and later the country.
Local establishments, including Sweet Spot Bakery, even offered the boys free treats for their actions.
So this happened today!! We got to treat the wonderful Caldwell boys who helped an elderly man who had fallen. Great…
And the man they helped is also quite thankful that the group of teens were at the right place at the right time.
Jose Gomez, the elderly man who fell, told KTVB that the teens’ actions “made me feel good”:
“I was just falling down I don’t know what happened. They picked me up. I was walking just right and then sadly I went down, and they come up and say hey, want us to take you home and I said okay, let’s go. It made me feel good.”
Hernandez said he was shocked by the reaction they have been receiving because they “didn’t do it for the attention, we just did it out of the kindness of our hearts. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Now the boys and Gomez are friends for life.
According to the teens, they have continued to visit Gomez since helping him in March:
“He likes that we go and check up on him, and talk to him, ask him how his day was.”
Gomez said that all of the boys “remind me of myself when I was younger.”