Charles Ramsey Takes Rescue Story To D.C.
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

charles ramseyIt wasn’t long before Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man credited with rescuing three women from a decade of horrific captivity in Cleveland, was summoned away from Ohio to retell his story for the umpteenth time.

On Friday evening, Ramsey was spotted around Washington, D.C., where he’d been flown in for an appearance on boxing promoter and radio host Rock Newman’s show, reports the Washington Post.

During his appearance on Newman’s show, we learned Ramsey’s unlikely rescue story almost didn’t happen. The 43-year-old restaurant dishwasher told listeners he’d been suspended from his job the week before the rescue, after a manager discovered a couple of rounds of AK-47 ammo that fell from Ramsey’s pocket when he leaned over at work.

The bullets were souvenirs from Ramsey’s friend who had just returned from a military service tour in Afganistan. But the manager of Hodge’s Restaurant, where Ramsey works, didn’t want anything like that in the workplace. Ramsey was sent home and lost a $269 weekly paycheck.

But it’s all good, Ramsey says: “If I hadn’t been suspended, I wouldn’t have been at home to hear [Amanda Berry’s] scream.”

Ramsey’s 14-hour visit to D.C. included a stop for food at Ben’s Chilli Bowl, a private tour of the presidential yacht, a dinner at a bordello-red burlesque place, a visit to a nightclub, and a couple of hours of sleep at the National Harbor hotel.

Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.