Homeless Hero Saves Girl

Published: December 5, 2006 | 5149th good news item since 2003

It’s a story nothing short of amazing. A handful of homeless men lifted a 2 ton Cadillac off a little girl who was pinned beneath it. One of the heroes is a New Mexico man who credits his tribal heritage for saving the girl’s life.

The man who helped save 9-year-old Robyn Rubio’s life is not only tearful, but humble when he talks about his recent act of bravery.

“I don’t want to be called a hero,” said Stanford Washburn.

Washburn, a person who has nothing, gave everything last Saturday to rescue Robyn. He even credits his Navajo heritage with saving her life.

“I chanted for her, ‘Please don’t leave us, be with us, be well, be well.’ That’s my chant,” said Washburn.

Washburn calls Shiprock, N.M., his home, but right now he’s homeless. Last weekend he was drinking in an alley near the Las Vegas strip in Nevada when he saw a Cadillac hit Robyn head-on. Washburn and several other transients jumped up and ran to help, miraculously lifting the 5,000 pound car off of Robin’s tiny body.

“I know she was scared, I know she was scared,” said Tina Rubio, Robyn’s mother.

Rubio has been unable to see her daughter in intensive care. But she knows her daughter’s small frame is being held together by pins and rods. Both of her arms were broken, her pelvis was shattered, and her leg broken.

“She doesn’t know what she looks like I don’t even think she knows what is going on,” said Rubio.

What Robyn will know one day is that a homeless man from New Mexico likely saved her life. But it’s likely he won’t be the one to tell her. He’s much too humble.

“I’m just one of you guys, a red-blooded human being,” said Washburn.

A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Police Department said he doubts the men could have picked up the car if a child had not been underneath it. They also said it shows how humans regardless of their circumstances react to saving a life.

Published in Heroes, Kids & Teens, Rescues
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