Farewell to one of the heroes of the Vermicino tragedy: Angelo Licheri, the man who tried to save Alfredino Rampi, died at the age of 77
Vermicino’s hero has died. Angelo Licheri, the volunteer who descended into the well to save the baby Alfredino Rampi, And died at the age of 77. For some time he had been hospitalized in the hospital of Nettuno, in the province of Rome.
Angelo Licheri was among the first rescuers of the Vermicino tragedy. The man, in 1981, yes dropped into the well in an attempt to save little Alfredino. For 45 minutes he remained upside down, even managing to talk and reassure the child. He tried to tie the harness, but failed. The hero thus tried to take him by the arms, breaking his left wrist. Unfortunately, the little one sank even further. Many times, in the following years, Angelo told of that moment that kept coming back to him. That crack he felt when his wrist broke. The fact of having it made him suffer even more, for him it was devastating.
As soon as I got off with my hands I touched him, with a finger I cleaned his mouth, then his eyes. He gasped. I promised him beautiful things, I told him when we get out of here I buy you a bicycle, while I was working to try to free his hands to put on the harness. I ordered the pull up, but they gave a yank and the carabiner was released.
When I took him by the wrists they pulled again and I broke his left wrist. The baby didn’t even complain and I felt guilty. I took it by the garment, I felt it gave way. At that point I threw him a kiss and went back up.
Unfortunately, the lifeless body of little Alfredino Rampi was recovered 28 days after his death. A tragedy that has marked Italy. Today everyone wanted to remember Angelo Licheri as a selfless hero, who put his life at risk to save that of a child.
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