ATLANTA – A safety guard stays within the hospital after trying to stop a protester from setting herself on fire out the Israeli Consulate in Midtown Friday afternoon. His household says he was badly burned within the incident.
Michael Harris’ spouse, Tangellia Harris, says he’s an Military veteran who has labored as safety on the constructing positioned at 1100 Spring Road NW for 17 years. She says his pure instincts to step in and assist kicked in when he heard a girl was threatening to hurt herself exterior.
“That is his character he’s an individual who if he sees somebody in want he instantly jumped. There is not any strangers in his life,” Tangellia advised FOX 5.
As Michael approached the girl, she set herself on fireplace, engulfing him within the flames, too.
He suffered second and third diploma burns on completely different elements of his physique and remains to be recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital.
“We’re simply attempting to take it day-by-day and hold his spirits up,” Tangellia stated.
It has been a troublesome few days for the couple who’re nonetheless attempting to wrap their heads round what occurred.
“At this time was fairly arduous as a result of I really watched him clear the injuries,” she added.
Police experiences state the girl who began the hearth was in possession of a Palestinian flag.
“This was seemingly an excessive act of political protest,” stated Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum stated. “The person who was injured was a person that was finishing up a protest.”
Michael’s household says they do not know when he’ll be capable to come residence.
“He’s being as sturdy as he can. Nevertheless, mentally, it is form of like, , PTSD has really already slowly began setting in. However, that’s to be anticipated as a result of anyone in that place … you are going to relive that scenario over and over,” stated Romona Kea, Michael’s sister-in-law.
“We strive not to consider everything of all of it. Simply daily,” Tangellia added.
After the incident, the Consulate Common of Israel to the Southeast launched a press release expressing their concern for the safety guard:
The protester stays unidentified by police.
The Harris household arrange a GoFundMe campaign to offset his medical prices.
“Proceed to wish. Simply proceed to wish,” Tangellia stated. “There’s energy in numbers, and I believe [if] all of us come collectively as a group, he’ll get forward of this.”
Learn extra concerning the a number of protests and rallies held throughout metro Atlanta in assist of each Palestine and Israel: