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East St. Louis residents react to doctor’s story with hope, action

'We are East St. Louis'

Days after Dr. Bill Daily received help from Good Samaritans in East St. Louis, IL, drawing national attention, we asked residents to describe their feelings in a few words. The doctor was on his way to perform emergency heart surgery at Memorial
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Days after Dr. Bill Daily received help from Good Samaritans in East St. Louis, IL, drawing national attention, we asked residents to describe their feelings in a few words. The doctor was on his way to perform emergency heart surgery at Memorial

An unexpected act of kindness is shining light on East St. Louis.

Days after a doctor found help when his car broke down in the city, East St. Louis residents are beaming with pride.

Street crews are busy filling potholes, too.

In case you missed it, Dr. Bill Daily was on his way to perform emergency heart surgery at Memorial Hospital in Belleville when his car broke down near 26th Street and Bond Avenue in East St. Louis on Friday, Feb. 24. Good Samaritans in the city came to his aid.

But this isn’t the first time East St. Louis residents have assisted a person in need.

“East St. Louis is an invigorating and growing community with wonderful people in it,” said Dan Nickerson, principal at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School. “It’s wonderful that people can see the real people who live in East St. Louis.”

When asked by the News-Democrat, students at Sister Thea Bowman and residents across the city described their community as “hopeful,” “united” and “full of integrity.”

In the video “We are East St. Louis” students and residents share sentiments about the doctor’s story.

Dr. Bill Daily received help from Good Samaritans in East St. Louis after he had a flat tire on his way to a heart surgery in Belleville.

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