The Cleveland man hailed as a hero after he put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for a decade won't have to worry about buying burgers in his hometown anytime soon.
More than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants have offered Charles Ramsey a burger anytime he wants to stop by. Ramsey will receive a "Chuck Card" to get free burgers for life when he goes to any of the participating restaurants, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports.
"We want to honor our local hero with local food," Scott Kuhn of Driftwood Restaurant Group told the Plain Dealer. Kuhn's group operates four of the restaurants participating in the offer. "He stopped his meal midway through to help those women. We're now making sure he has other opportunities to go out and fully enjoy his burger."
It's not the first burger-inspired honor Ramsey has received. The restaurant where Ramsey works as a dishwasher created the "Ramsey Burger" shortly after he aided the escape of Amanda Berry and her daughter, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight on May 6.
At the time, Ramsey told WEWS-TV, "I heard screaming. I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."
Ariel Castro has been charged with rape and kidnapping in the case and remains in jail on an $8 million bond.
Castro, 52, faces three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping involving victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. The three vanished between 2002 and 2004. Castro was also charged with kidnapping in connection with Berry's 6-year-old daughter, who also was found at the home. DNA test results confirmed Castro fathered the girl.