CLEVELAND – One of the men who made the international spotlight for his role in rescuing three women from captivity at a Cleveland home is apparently now on tour.
A news release from the Eric C. Conn Law Firm in eastern Kentucky said Charles Ramsey will appear for a “meet and greet” at the company Friday afternoon. The law firm, located on US 23 in Stanville along the Kentucky/West Virginia state line, is encouraging the public to “come and celebrate this national hero.”
The law firm will be serving burgers and refreshments to all guests. Ramsey is expected to talk about how he helped rescue Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from a house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland on May 6. The three had been held there for years – Knight for more than a decade — and were reported missing by their families.
Ramsey and another neighbor, Angel Cordero, have been credited with rescuing the women after Berry signaled for help.
Ramsey has received the most attention, though, due to his interview with NewsChannel5 the night of the rescue that went viral online. The dishwasher at Hodge’s Restaurant in downtown Cleveland has had a burger named after him there , and has been offered burgers for life at various restaurants around town. He mentioned during the interview he put down his McDonald’s Big Mac to help the women.
It’s not clear if the Kentucky engagement will kick off a speaking tour, but Ramsey posted an email address on his Facebook page for people to use to contact him about “event or interview booking.”
CLEVELAND – Three weeks ago, Charles Ramsey lived the quiet life of a restaurant dishwasher on Cleveland’s Seymour Avenue. On Friday, he’ll get his own statue in Kentucky.
Ramsey has an appearance at the Stanville, Kentucky law firm of Eric C. Conn. According to a news release promoting the event, Conn, who is known for his love of statues, commissioned a statue of Ramsey, which will be unveiled.
“I can’t think of a better way to commend my friend Charles than having a statue made in his honor,” Conn said in the release.
Ramsey rocketed to Internet stardom on May 6 following his role in the rescue of three Cleveland women missing in some cases for over a decade.
“The sculptor has decided to depict Ramsey as he was on the day he became a hero,” the news release read. The unnamed sculptor is quoted as saying “The most difficult part of make the statue is sculpting Ramsey’s unique hair style.”
The meet-and-greet and statue unveiling will take place at Conn’s Law firm on U.S. 23 in Friday from noon until 2 p.m.
“All are encouraged to come and celebrate this national hero,” according to the release.
A 2011 Wall Street Journal article that talked about Conn’s role as an attorney specializing in Social Security matters stated he runs his practice out of connected mobiles homes, “where he erected a giant statue of Abraham Lincoln in the parking lot.”
The 19-foot-high Lincoln statue, a replica of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is the second largest seated Lincoln statue in the world and cost a half million dollars, according to news accounts of its arrival in Stanville in 2010.
So will Charles Ramsey and Honest Abe share adjoining spots? No, according to the news release.
“The statue, after the unveiling, will be donated to a museum in Cleveland.”