March 17, 2017
A man who identified himself as a homeless veteran jumped into a canal to rescue a swimmer in distress Friday morning in Phoenix.
"I don't think any of us really thought about the dangers of helping him," said Richard McNeil, 41. "Where I came from, you just helped people — doesn't make a difference if I'm homeless or not, I still help people when I can."(Photo: April Morganroth/The Republic)
McNeil said as he waited for a bus on 16th Street near Indian School Road at about 8 a.m. he heard splashing and a man crying for help.
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