Charles Ramsey, the man who saved three women from his neighbor's house Monday, has been honored by a T-shirt that reads, "Cleveland's Hero — Charles Ramsey," with his likeness.
Hodge's Cleveland, a restaurant in Downtown Cleveland where Ramsey works as a "dish technician," started selling the T-shirts Wednesday. At Ramsey's request, all proceeds will go to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the young women he liberated.
"As Chef Hodge mentioned this morning," the restaurant's Facebook page reads, "we're extremely proud of our employee Charles Ramsey for not turning his back on the young women. He's a true Cleveland hero."
Ramsey might not think of himself as a hero but does think he is "the definition of a man."
"You gotta' have some cojones, bro. That's all it's about. It's about cojones on this planet," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
After Berry disappeared in 2003, the FBI posted an award of up to $25,000 for information leading to her rescue. Likewise, when DeJesus vanished the following year, the FBI offered another cash reward.
But Ramsey said publicly that he does not want the money because he already has a job and the women he rescued deserve the money more than he does.
“I’ll tell you what you do – give it to them,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey is a trending topic on Twitter and his interviews immediately after the rescue have been Auto-Tuned into songs for YouTube. But he did not seek any of this fame.
He identified himself an American, a Christian and a human being.
"I'm just like you. I work for a living," Ramsey said on WKYC. "There was a woman in distress. So why turn your back on that? My father would've whooped the hell out of me if had found out that I cowered out."