Photo of Indiana teen helping woman down escalator goes viral

FORT WAYNE, Ind. –  A photo of an Indiana teen helping an elderly woman down the escalator at the mall is going viral.

Leah Kerr, of North Manchester, shared the photo on her Facebook page a few weeks ago after a shopping trip with her grandmother at Glenbrook Mall.

They were heading down the escalator to the food court when Kerr, with her hands full and trying to help her two young daughters, realized her grandmother was still at the top of the escalator.

“I didn’t realize until I stepped on that grandma was too scared to get on. I felt horrible as I watched her try again and again to get her footing right. People walked around her, pushed by her or asked her to step to the side,” Kerr wrote.

That’s when a teen boy saw what was happening and stepped in to help her.

“Not only was he not ashamed to help her, but held her hand the entire way down and helped her off.” Kerr wrote.

After the picture went viral, some people recognized the boy and identified him as Alujwyon Williams, 19, of Fort Wayne.

“I didn’t think me being myself would get so much recognition. Thank you all for that and it really was my pleasure. I’m happy to be a part of a touching story,” Williams wrote.