Soul of a Hero

A rescue, phone call, new job

As the subway roared into the 14th Street station to take him back to his sparsely furnished Harlem walkup, Reginald Andrews, 29, was deep in thought. Except for occasional work unloading produce, the father of eight had been unemployed for a year, and he was not optimistic about the job interview he had had that morning at Jamac Frozen Foods, a Manhattan food-delivery company.

Suddenly someone else's troubles grabbed Andrews' attention. Trying to board the train, David Schnair, 75, blind from an injury suffered in combat during...

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