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03.24.09 37 Comments

A Thai fireman recently dressed as Spider-Man to coax an autistic child down from a ledge.  Which is really going above and beyond the call compared to our lazy American firemen who just sit around playing cards all day. Wait, what?  I meant that they’re heroes. Courageous heroes of freedom.

Teachers at a special needs school in Bangkok alerted authorities on Monday when an autistic pupil, scared of attending his first day at school, sat out on the third-floor ledge and refused to come inside.

Despite teachers’ efforts to beckon the boy inside, he refused to budge until his mother mentioned her son’s love of superheroes, prompting fireman Sonchai Yoosabai to take a novel approach to the problem.

The rescuer dashed back to his fire station and made a quick change into a Spider-Man costume before returning to the boy, he said.

“I told him Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you and I told him to walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous,” Somchai told local television.

The young boy immediately stood up and walked into his rescuer’s arms, police said. [AP]

Superhero costumes, eh? I may just have to trade in this candy-filled van. Plus, my dick looks really good in spandex.

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