An Indian-American Rahul Dubey is in Time’s magazine “Heroes of 2020”. He had opened the doors of his home in Washington DC to over 70 people who were demonstrating against the killing of George Floyd. He has been named ang given the title of one among the “Heroes of 2020” by the TIME magazine, who are honouring those who went above and beyond the call of duty during this year.
In the ‘Heroes of 2020’, the magazine also named volunteer firefighters of Australia who risked everything they could to keep their country safe. Also food-stall owners Jason Chua and Hung Zhen Long in Singapore who wouldn’t let anyone go hungry during this severe Covid-19 pandemic and provided with food to the poors, Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick from Chicago and her husband Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick, they transformed their church to support their community during the hard year. A newspaper deliveryman named Greg Dailey, who began a grocery drop-off service in the mid of March to anyone in need along his paper route and has also supplied more than 140 homes and conducted over 1,000 grocery runs in New Jersey’s Mercer county, they all were also named by the magazine.
TIME said that from the citizens who were providing food and shelter and also those who helped by volunteering and the ones who protected their neighbours from natural disasters, these heroes went above and beyond the call of duty during this tough year 2020.
TIME described Dubey and titles him as “The Man Who Gave Shelter to Those in Need.”
On June 1, this year as the demonstrators came and gathered in the streets of Washington DC in order to protest the killing of African-American Floyd, Dubey’s home was not far from the White House.
After the 7 PM curfew, he noticed crowds in the street outside his home and as police had set up barricades to trap the protesters, and were also pepper-spraying those who remained over there. At that time Dubey decided to take action.
He said that he opened his door, and he start yelling to the people to Get in. Dubey works in the health care sector. Dubey said that he gave about 70 protesters refuge in his home, housing and keeping them inside overnight to avoid the curfew.
Dubey said that the People were coughing, crying and the strangers were pouring milk into strangers’ eyes.
He said that they were sharing information, writing down the numbers for bail bondsmen and he said that it was like this real camaraderie. Dubey claims that the police officers made several attempts to get into his sanctuary that evening: trying to be as protesters to get inside, and also attempting to pretend to be like the pizza delivery he had ordered for his houseguests.
Rahul Dubey had been awarded as a hero and saviour. The people who took shelter in his house started tweeting about it and about his great deed of helping.
They started twitting writing that Rahul saved lives last night.
He said that if we had seen what was going on in front of my eyes,than there was no choice. People out there were getting pepper-sprayed and beaten and were also slammed to the ground. He hopes that his 13-year-old son grows up to be just as amazing and helpful as they are. Floyd who was of 46, died in Minneapolis on 25th May when a white police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck as he gasped for breath.
The footage that went viral, showed Floyd pleading and begging the officer, saying that he can’t breathe. The four police officers seen in the footage have since after that been charged.
His death triggered nationwide violent protests. It also led with a section of the protesters resorting to looting and rioting across the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction.