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Man Emotionally Recalls Experience Of 8-Year-Old Manchester Victim Dying In His Arms

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This man is a hero!

Paul Reid was picking up a friend from Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night when he heard the suicide bomber's explosion and immediately ran to the scene.

That's where he found injured eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos on the ground having trouble breathing — so he stayed with her until medical professionals were able to take her to the hospital.

Related: Mariah Carey Pens Tribute To Fan Who Died In Manchester Attack

Reid told People of the emotional interaction:

"I asked her her name and I thought she said ‘Sophie,' and I asked her age,. Then I realized she was struggling to talk and she asked, ‘Where's my mum?' I said, ‘We're going to find her in a minute.' She asked me, ‘What's happened?' And I said, ‘I don't know — but we're going to get you some help.' I kept on being like, ‘Sophie, come on. We are going to go now' — trying to keep her talking, keep her awake."

Eventually, Reid helped police take Saffie out on a makeshift stretcher.

It wasn't until the next day that Reid found out the little girl didn't make it:

"It was on the news later that morning that there was an 8-year-old girl involved. And I just knew. Looking at all those people, she was the smallest one. Since then I haven't stopped crying. When I put her in that ambulance, she was alive and I thought I'd be seeing her again — and standing over her bed and telling her how much of a soldier she is. Trust me, there were big men in there screaming and crying, and she wasn't doing anything like that. Not even crying."

Devastating.

And Saffie wasn't the only victim helped by Reid that terrifying night — the forklift operator from Walsall recalls carrying six or seven people out of the arena and helping paramedics wherever he could:

"If it happened again, I would run straight up those stairs again. I just knew it was a bomb. Because of the times we're in, even if a car goes off, I think it's a bomb."

Such scary times we're living in.

Thank you to all of those who helped the dozens of victims during such a tragedy.

[Image via Facebook.]

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