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Norristown Sanitation Worker Finds Missing Philadelphia Girl

Twenty seven-year-old Nelson Mandela Myers said the young girl reminded him of his own daughter.

Nelson Mandela Myers is the hero of the hour.

The 27-year-old told NBC10 he was passing by a playground near the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, on his way to work at a Norristown-based sanitation company, when he heard the 5-year-old missing girl's cries for help.

Myers told the press he found her hiding under a sliding board, barefoot and shivering and she told him she was being chased. He said he wrapped a jacket around her and called 911.

"I just wanted to do the same thing that someone would do for my child," Nelson Mandela Myers said. 

The young girl went missing Monday morning when an unidentified woman signed her out of her Philadelphia school. 

Read more about the case and see video of Myers' press conference appearance here

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Bhrenda Drakeford January 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Thank God she is safe. Thanks Norristown Patch for bringing this to our attention.
Joe Reilly January 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Hey Nelson, good job...
James Myers (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I can't take all the credit. I got a number of messages and phone calls from area residents who heard Mr. Myers (no relation) had a Norristown connection and were incredibly proud of him. I just wanted to make sure he and everyone else knew. :)
Marion Mck January 16, 2013 at 04:20 PM
May the Lord Bless Nelson for helping this child in need. Thank You Nelson for being a good citizen.

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