How swamped are we? So swamped that we missed covering the story of a lifetime, as a tale of heroism and hope unfolded in Thailand. A Thai fireman who just happened to have a Spider-Man costume in his locker over at the firehouse, donned the costume in order to save a frightened autistic boy who had gone out on a ledge and refused to come in. “The boy immediately ran into his arms with a smile,” the hero Spidey’s boss reported.
This story reveals many things about life and love and loss. It reveals that keeping a spare superhero costume around is a very good idea. It reveals that Spider-Man is loved around the world. It reveals that mentally challenged children love superheroes and hope to be rescued.
The fireman, Sonchai Yoosabai, also keeps an Ultraman costume in his kit, allegedly to “liven up” fire drills. In many cases, we’d advise caution around anyone who likes to “liven things up” by dressing in a spandex long underwear suit, but in this case, it saved the day.