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Ohio kidnap case hero gets burgers for life

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Police say Charles Ramsey broke down the door and helped free Amanda Berry, who was 16 when she disappeared in 2003. Sandra Ruiz, aunt of Gina DeJesus, talks about her visit with Gina Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Police said Gina DeJesus and two other women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found in the home near downtown Cleveland Monday and likely had been tied up during years of captivity. Three brothers have been arrested. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for a decade in an Ohio house will never have to pay for another burger in his hometown.

Charles Ramsey has been promised free burgers for life at more than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the restaurant where Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a special burger in his honor, but eateries in the city decided a larger tribute was due.

Ramsey was called a hero after helping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight break out of the house May 6. Ariel Castro is now facing charges.

The newspaper says Ramsey was traveling and would get his "Chuck Card" when he returns.
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