[Hpn] Homeless man saves Lauderhill woman from canal

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Homeless man saves Lauderhill woman from canal
THE HOMELESS MAN WHO RESCUED A LAUDERHILL WOMAN FROM A CANAL SUNDAY =
SAYS, `IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DAY.'
Tue, Jan. 01, 2008
BY DAVID SMILEY
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John Beauchamp has experienced a lot in his 61 years.

He has spent time in a Florida prison, transported corpses for two =
decades and has been homeless since 1981.

But on Monday as he prepared to meet the family of the woman he saved =
from drowning in a canal just one day earlier, Beauchamp's hardened, =
stoic demeanor faded.

''Lord help me, if I cry, somebody will think I'm human,'' he said.

Beauchamp couldn't help it.

Tears fell from his eyes as he embraced Mauvalyn Lewin and her family =
outside the place where he has lived the past eight years, the Homeless =
Voice Homeless Shelter, 1203 N. Federal Hwy., Hollywood.

They spoke quietly, smiling and hugging as Lewin's husband Delroy =
struggled to find words to describe his thanks.

''What do you say to someone who rescued your wife?'' Delroy Lewin said. =
``He's my hero.''

Beauchamp became that hero Sunday morning. Delroy Lewin and his family =
were frantically searching for his wife, whom he says suffers from =
dementia and had been missing since she wandered away from the Broward =
Mall in Plantation Saturday afternoon.

Beauchamp was selling copies of The Miami Herald at the corner of State =
Road 84 and Pine Island Road, his usual post, when a passerby told him =
there was a body in the canal.

While others stood watching, he stripped down to his underwear and waded =
into the murky waters to grab hold of the woman and pull her to shore.

For Beauchamp, Sunday's rescue was one good deed in a lifetime of good =
and bad memories.

'I've seen the good and the bad and I just do what I can to help =
people,' he said.

The bad is Beauchamp's past, which ''isn't pretty'' and includes a stint =
in a Florida prison on charges of sexual battery. Beauchamp said he =
doesn't talk about the incident that landed him in prison, but said he =
was guilty and overwhelming shame led him to change his life.

Beauchamp said he left prison March 11, 1981, and headed to the Fort =
Lauderdale area, where he landed a job transporting bodies for Joe =
Damiano's Professional Funeral Services.

After nearly two decades of work ''in a suit and a tie,'' Beauchamp was =
out on the street again after Damiano lost his operating license over =
charges he misplaced the ashes of a client who was cremated.

Beauchamp became depressed and spiraled into drug addiction and later =
discovered he has Hepatitis C.

But through prayer and determination, Beauchamp resurrected his life =
once again, eventually landing at the corner of Pine Island Road and =
State Road 84, where he became a hero.

On Monday, people around the shelter stopped Beauchamp to say how proud =
they were and to tell him that he is a hero for the family and homeless =
people around the country.

''Here's a man who is already suffering and he risks his own life,'' =
said Sean Cononie, director of the Homeless Voice Homeless Shelter.

But Beauchamp says he just did what anyone else would have done.

'I just hope when my time is done people who knew me will say, `That was =
a good man,' '' Beauchamp said.












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Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
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<P>John Beauchamp has experienced a lot in his 61 years.</P>
<P>He has spent time in a Florida prison, transported corpses for two =
decades=20
and has been homeless since 1981.</P>
<P>But on Monday as he prepared to meet the family of the woman he saved =
from=20
drowning in a canal just one day earlier, Beauchamp's hardened, stoic =
demeanor=20
faded.</P>
<P>''Lord help me, if I cry, somebody will think I'm human,'' he =
said.</P>
<P>Beauchamp couldn't help it.</P>
<P>Tears fell from his eyes as he embraced Mauvalyn Lewin and her family =
outside=20
the place where he has lived the past eight years, the Homeless Voice =
Homeless=20
Shelter, 1203 N. Federal Hwy., Hollywood.</P>
<P>They spoke quietly, smiling and hugging as Lewin's husband Delroy =
struggled=20
to find words to describe his thanks.</P>
<P>''What do you say to someone who rescued your wife?'' Delroy Lewin =
said.=20
``He's my hero.''</P>
<P>Beauchamp became that hero Sunday morning. Delroy Lewin and his =
family were=20
frantically searching for his wife, whom he says suffers from dementia =
and had=20
been missing since she wandered away from the Broward Mall in Plantation =

Saturday afternoon.</P>
<P>Beauchamp was selling copies of The Miami Herald at the corner of =
State Road=20
84 and Pine Island Road, his usual post, when a passerby told him there =
was a=20
body in the canal.</P>
<P>While others stood watching, he stripped down to his underwear and =
waded into=20
the murky waters to grab hold of the woman and pull her to shore.</P>
<P>For Beauchamp, Sunday's rescue was one good deed in a lifetime of =
good and=20
bad memories.</P>
<P>'I've seen the good and the bad and I just do what I can to help =
people,' he=20
said.</P>
<P>The bad is Beauchamp's past, which ''isn't pretty'' and includes a =
stint in a=20
Florida prison on charges of sexual battery. Beauchamp said he doesn't =
talk=20
about the incident that landed him in prison, but said he was guilty and =

overwhelming shame led him to change his life.</P>
<P>Beauchamp said he left prison March 11, 1981, and headed to the Fort=20
Lauderdale area, where he landed a job transporting bodies for Joe =
Damiano's=20
Professional Funeral Services.</P>
<P>After nearly two decades of work ''in a suit and a tie,'' Beauchamp =
was out=20
on the street again after Damiano lost his operating license over =
charges he=20
misplaced the ashes of a client who was cremated.</P>
<P>Beauchamp became depressed and spiraled into drug addiction and later =

discovered he has Hepatitis C.</P>
<P>But through prayer and determination, Beauchamp resurrected his life =
once=20
again, eventually landing at the corner of Pine Island Road and State =
Road 84,=20
where he became a hero.</P>
<P>On Monday, people around the shelter stopped Beauchamp to say how =
proud they=20
were and to tell him that he is a hero for the family and homeless =
people around=20
the country.</P>
<P>''Here's a man who is already suffering and he risks his own life,'' =
said=20
Sean Cononie, director of the Homeless Voice Homeless Shelter.</P>
<P>But Beauchamp says he just did what anyone else would have done.</P>
<P>'I just hope when my time is done people who knew me will say, `That =
was a=20
good man,' '' Beauchamp said.</P>
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<BR><A=20
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/A>=20
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href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
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