Miracle On 59th Place remembered
Ricardo Chirino A miracle happened in the heart of South LA; just open your heart and receive it By MARTA SEGURA When we first moved into our home on 59th Place in South Los Angeles, we were welcomed
A miracle happened in the heart of South LA; just open your heart and receive it
By MARTA SEGURA
When we first moved into our home on 59th Place in South Los Angeles, we were welcomed and treated with love and respect by our mostly African American neighbors. We moved into a house that was formerly owned by Latinos though, so we weren’t the first Latinos to move here.
My husband Ricardo, would walk our Chihuahua every day, and one day he suddenly realized a house was on fire on our block, and he heard screaming. He acted on sheer instinct and without a second thought burst into the burning home and rescued an elderly disabled woman who would have surely perished. Apparently, her nurse had gone on an errand and left something cooking on the stove. Our neighbor thanked my husband by offering to [lend him] her Los Angeles Times [subscription] delivered daily. She basically was buying the Times for him, and he would pick it up when he walked the dogs and came by to say hello to her. This went on for many years, and mind you, I had no idea he had this arrangement with her.
But sadly, this month (December 2018) she passed away. God rest her soul. However, [her] daughters came by our home last night to thank my husband one more time for saving her life and shared that their mother wanted Ricardo to keep on collecting the Times from her home.
Her love lives on in so many ways with her family. I am certain of this because she found a way to light up the day of those she knew, and even now that she has passed on to eternity she continues her friendship with my husband.
I was deeply touched. I love my neighborhood and all of the people I have come to know.