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Exonerated man lands job helping others in need

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In the first Acts of Kindness segment on Good Day New York, Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto spoke with Jonathan Fleming who was wrongfully incarcerated for more than 24 years and released in April. He was recently hired by Paul Vitale, CEO of Help/PSI.

A chance encounter lead to Vitale and Fleming meeting for the first time.

Greg was having lunch with Fleming at a restaurant on Houston St. in Manhattan last month. The pair had gotten to know each other following Fleming's appearances on Good Day New York where he spoke about life in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Greg walked into Vitale's wife's bag at the restaurant and Vitale used the opportunity to introduce himself. Greg then introduced Fleming to Vitale.

"And the rest is history," said Vitale. "I got to speaking with him and my heart just went out to him. I actually worked in a prison. I can’t imagine living in a prison after all these years. I’d be bitter. He wasn’t," said Vitale.

Fleming was offered a job at the health care organization HELP/PSI which serves the needy in NYC including those who come out of prison.

"We thought he'd be a great ambassador for us," said Vitale.

"It was real a struggle. He gave me an opportunity and I really appreciate the opportunity," said Fleming.

For more info on the organization, go to: www.helppsi.org

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