The student being hailed for saving a young woman’s life at UBC earlier this week by putting the attacker in a choke hold says he’s not a hero.
18-year-old Adam Casey was on his way to check his mail when he heard about an attack taking place on the third floor of the building.
Together with fellow student Luca Berg, the pair ran to the rescue where Adam proceeded to choke the attacker until the victim was freed from his grip.
Casey admits things might have been different if he hadn’t been there but says ‘hero’ is the wrong word to use.
“People are throwing around that word like it’s candy. I think there were a lot of people there that day and either we’re all heroes or none of us are. It was a community effort and I think they all deserve just as much credit as Luca and I are getting right now.”
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Casey says the accolades are particularly overblown considering how many people were around when the assault took place.
“There were a lot of girls on the floor, there were the floor advisers, head of security, the police. There were a lot of people helping. People obviously saw there was a member of the community in need and in danger and didn’t think twice to help.”
Both Berg and Casey held the suspect until RCMP arrived at the scene.
The alleged attacker, 18-year-old Thamer Hameed Almestadi has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.