The then-23-year-old man was trapped in the elevator with the old woman and they had to wait for at least half an hour before help arrived.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 24, 2022. It has since been updated.
Elevators can get tricky.
About seven years ago, a young gentleman named Cesar Larios from the Art Institute of Florida was in the middle of a move for College HUNKS at an assisted living facility inside a 10-story building when the elevator got stuck. According to Good News Network, it was to take a while before help arrived, and Larios was stuck inside with an elderly woman.
Soon, the woman told Larios that she was unable to stand for a very long time. “We were riding with a very nice elderly women,” said Larios, in 2014. “As soon as it got stuck the lady said she could not stand for extended periods.”
Immediately the then-student had a brilliant idea to help her out. He offered to kneel down on all fours, so she could use his back as a seat. “I offered to serve as a chair,” the youngster told his boss. “She was so thankful.”
For thirty minutes since then, Larios gave up on his own needs and comfort, just to make sure the woman trapped in the elevator along with him did not experience any kind of discomfort until they were rescued.
”I thought this was a great example of old-fashioned service and helping your fellow neighbor,” said Co-Founder & President of College HUNKS (which stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Students), Nick Friedman. It is rare to see someone give up on their comfort to help someone else in need, and it surely was a sight to behold.
“The response to the picture is mind-blowing. Thousands of people are sharing it and posting it on social media. I think what’s great about it is that it’s a genuine moment caught on camera. A lot of people say the younger generation has lost certain values. But one small picture shows that chivalry and hard work are still very much alive in our youth.”
The photo was shared on the College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving page with the caption: "One of our very own movers becomes a viral sensation with his act of kindness while stuck on an elevator. Chivalry lives!"
“He is my son, and I am SO PROUD of HIM,” said Olga Lourdes Ruiz Velasco. She really does have every reason to be proud of her chivalrous son!
Cover Image Source: Good News Network Facebook