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Danny Trejo: Machete Wielder, Coffee Shop Saver and American Hero

Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile is a beloved coffee shop in Sylmar.

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Some vandals tagged the local business with homophobic slurs.

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Because coffee shops are where intolerance lives, right?

Enter Danny Trejo: actor, activist and renowned badass.

Happy #BestFriendsDay from myself & the @BestFriendsAnimalSociety​! With your help we can #SaveThemAll

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Danny Trejo organized a day of repainting Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile.

Who wouldn’t want to help Danny Trejo?

Machete is making off with our kids! #dannytrejo #machete #sylmar

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Everybody had a role in helping the business heal.

A true role model. A child giving back to her community. #Sylmar #SanFernandoValley

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Owner Vivian Hartman was moved by the outpour of support.

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Danny Trejo Squeezed Into An Overturned Car To Save A Child Who Was Stuck And Now He’s Being Called A RL Hero

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Danny Trejo Squeezed Into An Overturned Car To Save A Child Who Was Stuck And Now He’s Being Called A RL Hero

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Danny Trejo has played many roles over his long and storied career. Whether it’s been the bad guy or his beloved role as “Machete”, Trejo can do it all. On Wednesday, the 75-year-old actor played the part of a hero as he came to the rescue of a baby boy and his grandmother that were trapped in an overturned vehicle in Los Angeles. 

The veteran Latino action actor was in the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles when two cars crashed at the intersection of Hubbard Street and Jackman Avenue. According to Trejo, it appeared that the accident was caused by one driver running a red light. One of the cars was overturned due to the crash. That’s when Trejo and a fellow bystander jumped into action, rescuing a young special-needs child trapped inside, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News.

Danny Trejo squeezed his way into an overturned vehicle to save a child who was stuck due to a malfunctioning seat-belt. 

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Trejo would make his way into the overturned vehicle by crawling through the side of the wreckage. But he quickly found that the seat belt the child was in couldn’t unbuckle from that side of the car. Another women bystander nearby would join in on the efforts and crawl from the opposite side of the vehicle and was able to undo the buckle. The baby was then able to get saved from the car after Trejo pulled it out of the wrecked vehicle.

“I couldn’t get the baby out,” Trejo told CBS2. “I couldn’t unbuckle the seatbelt so she got in and undid the seatbelt. I pulled the baby out of the other side.”

The actor told reporters at the scene that he had prior experience working with special needs children. During the entire ordeal, Trejo calmed the young child and tried his best to distract him from the scene at hand.

 “He was panicked. I said OK, we have to use our superpowers. So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers,” Trejo told ABC7. ” I said do this, with the muscles. He said ‘muscles.'”

Trejo and the young woman who saved the baby gave a quick interview and it’s exactly as nice as you’d expect.

While all this was taking place, the young boy’s grandmother was still trapped inside the vehicle. Located on the driver’s seat, firefighters had to use equipment to help remove her from the car. In total, The Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were taken to a local hospital, but there were no life-threatening or significant injuries. 

At the scene, Trejo said he was thankful and credited good faith in life for everything turning out the way it did. 

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Trejo credited the car seat that the young boy was in that may have saved his life. “The only thing that saved that little kid was that car seat ― honest to God,” Trejo told a photographer on the scene.

When called a hero by some, Trejo brushed it off and instead pointed towards the sky and praised all the positivity in his life that has come his. Ever the optimist, Trejo also offered a lesson to take away for the horrible accident. 

“Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else,” Trejo told ABC. “Everything.”

Danny Trejo has become a hometown hero and many are praising the actor for his valiant efforts on Wednesday. 

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When news of his valiant efforts started making rounds on social media, many were quick to call Trejo a hero for his quick actions. The actor has garnered a strong following in the Latino community for his roles and devotion towards helping those in need in his own community. From taking on his dream of starting his own restaurant business, Trejos Tacos, to even developing a sitcom based on his life, Trejo has made a name for himself in the culinary and entertainment world. 

Not only is @officialDannyT (Danny Trejo) one of the nicest actors, he’s also a #hero! He was right behind a crash in Sylmar and pulled a special needs baby out of an overturned car. He distracted the boy until grandma was OK.” Veronica Miracle, an ABC7 reporter, tweeted after interviewing Trejo at the scene.

Another person tweeted a similar sentiment about Trejo saying “I’ve met Danny on a few occasions so this doesn’t surprise me at all. He’s a good as they come and down to earth. Great job brother.”

Trejo offered one last piece of advice after the incident to drivers. “Pay attention!”

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A Crowd Of People Prevented Tragedy From Happening When A Ride Began To Dangerously Tip Over

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A Crowd Of People Prevented Tragedy From Happening When A Ride Began To Dangerously Tip Over

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The word hero is so often associated with tights and special powers but we’re more interested in everyday heroes. Those people who come together in a moment of need or tragedy and find a way to make the situation better. We’re talking about the neighbors who help each other during hard times and the strangers who come to someone’s aid without expecting any thanks. 

Those are the heroes we like to hear about and we’ve found an amazing story of such heroes coming out of Mexico. 

When a ride at a fair in Mexico began to tilt and fall, it was saved by a group of fairgoers in one of the most incredible rescues we’ve ever seen. 

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A video sharing the daring rescue popped up on Reddit’s r/HumansBeingBros sub-thread on August 2nd. The video shows an event at a local fair in Durango, Mexico. In the video, we see the tall yellow, green and blue spire of an Eiffle Tower-inspired gondola ride as it begins to tilt. Among the chaos of the rescue, the video also shows us that the ride was active with passengers gliding towards the tilting tower. 

Almost right away, fairgoers surrounding the base spring into action — together, pushing the tower in the opposite direction it’s falling in order to right it. Once the fixture has been pushed enough towards its base, more good Samaritans grab at the bottom of the tower and use their weight to pull it down to its rightful place. In the end, everyone on the ride was safe and the helpful fair goers continued their fun with little fanfare. 

What’s most impressive about this rescue is that we don’t know the names of these saviors. The ground of fairgoers who helped rescue this ride hasn’t been named. They did a heroic deed just because it needed to be done. They probably saved lives with their actions but did not expect a “thank you” for doing so.

Reddit users were just as amazed as we are and had a lot to say about the rescue. 

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As these comments point out, this was an amazing act of strength. It was only able to be accomplished by the collective power of the group. The added adrenaline that everyone was feeling no doubt helped a lot with this impressive rescue but this show of community is so important, especially in face of the recent attacks on Latinx folk.

Some people saw this video and swore off carnival and fair rides altogether. 

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We totally get it. Watching this makes us what to skip the Ferris wheel next time the carnival is in town. However, as one comment by @PennythePup pointed out, traveling carnival rides are actually safer and more regulated than the kinds of rides you find at an amusement park. These traveling rides have to pass regular safety inspections while the amusement park ones do not. This kind of makes us rethink any future visits to California Adventure. 

One comment pointed out the irony of the French-themed ride in the Mexican town.

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This comment reminded us that France and Mexico haven’t always had the most friendly relationship. The Battle of Puebla — when Mexican soldiers drove out the French occupation — was over 150 years ago. We doubt this was any kind of intentional revenge by the French, as this comment jokes, but it’s a funny coincidence nonetheless. 

Another comment pointed out that — had this happened in the United States — it would have been a much bigger deal. 

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This daring rescue didn’t get nearly the kind of coverage it would have in the States. There isn’t much info about it now but, had it happened in the US, it probably would have been all over the news. Knowing how news travels in America, this observation is probably true. 

Mostly, the comments centered around how helpful and welcoming the people of Mexico are. 

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The thread soon turned into a place to share other amazing experiences of Mexican people coming to the rescue. Whether it was a spontaneous invitation to a quinceañera or saving the day after a car accident, the Reddit thread filled up with experiences with and appreciations for everyday Mexican and Mexican-American citizens. 

While this rescue didn’t get a lot of press, we can’t ignore how amazing it was and give props to the nameless Durango heroes who saved the day.   

Watch the full rescue below!

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