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Police praising Halloween heroes for helping woman get home

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A group of trick-or-treaters are being hailed as heroes after helping a young woman with disabilities find her way home on Halloween night.

New Bedford High School students Amari Sorrell and Ke'arni McCoy were out with four other family members when they came across the woman, who appeared lost.

"We kept seeing the same lady over and over again, and she seemed confused," Sorrell recalled. "She was shaking and looking around and looking at us."

Sorrell said the woman was able to tell them where she lived, and at that point they knew what they needed to do.

"We realized it was a 30-minute walk, so she was lost," Sorrell said. "At first, were like, 'Dangit!' We were trying to have fun and get candy, but we were like, 'You know what? Let's help her.'" 

When the group arrived back at the woman's home, a police officer was waiting. The woman's family had called for help and were extremely thankful upon her return.

"We did it because she needed help," McCoy said.

"Our parents raised us right," Sorrell added.

New Bedford High School Headmaster Bernadette Coelho said when she learned of what happened, she wasn't surprised.

"To them, they just did what anyone would do, they did the right thing," she said. "They found someone in need and helped her along."


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