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Best friend of man who died after fall at UH dorm calls him a hero

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There's no telling how many times Ted Guillory has watched a snap chat video of his best friend Tommy Bennett laughing since Sunday's tragedy.

"Whenever Tommy was smiling and laughing I knew everything was OK," said Guillory.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa sophomore only met Bennett about a year ago.  But he and the UK born construction worker instantly clicked.

"We had similar personalities. We are very chill people until we needed to take action.  That's what Tommy did," said Guillory.

Early Sunday morning the men were hanging out with some friends who were having a party at Hale Wainani. Then things took a horrific turn when a 19-year-old climbed out of a bedroom window on the 14th floor.  Bennett went out on the narrow ledge after him.

"If everything wasn't OK he'd make things ok. I just had his arm and I was telling him to come back in and we'll just handle it inside," said Guillory.

Bystanders called police while Bennett did everything he could to convince his friend suicide wasn't the answer.  Ten minutes passed before the glass they were holding broke.

"I couldn't thrust myself out the window to grab them.  All I could do was watch as they fell," said Guillory.

Bennett died at the hospital.

"First and foremost I want people to know that Tommy was one of the greatest people I've ever met.  Very brave. Very heroic. Very caring," said Guillory.

Bennett leaves behind both of his parents, two younger sisters and a younger brother. 

"Remembering the good times and remembering how good of a person Tommy was.  That's really what's going to pull us through this. And just knowing he would want us to  be happy," said Guillory.

Hospital officials tell us the 19-year-old who fell is in critical but stable condition.  

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