From Convict to Hero

March 1, 2003

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From Convict to Hero

Rebekah A. Hall

In Flushing, N.Y., an ex-con turned garbageman helped a local business when he stopped a thief from getting away.

Kenneth Kelly is a convicted robber who spent several years in prison. Once released, Kelly went to work for the Doe Fund, a nonprofit group that employs homeless men and women to clean city streets. Several local businesses had contracted with the Doe Fund to help tidy their area's perpetual trash problem.

While collecting garbage one day, Kelly heard a storekeeper yell at a man who was running away with a DVD player. As the man ran past him, Kelly grabbed the man by the shoulder and snapped him into a headlock. Once police arrived, the would-be robber was arrested and hauled off.

After helping to catch the crook, Kelly responded that he felt like a good Samaritan.

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