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New York bus driver catches girl who fell 3 stories

By Associated Press

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NEW YORK >> A New York City bus driver was being hailed as a hero for saving a 7-year-old girl who fell three stories from an air conditioning unit outside a Brooklyn building.

"I just prayed that I'd catch her," Stephen St. Bernard recalled after rescuing the child on Monday.

"'Please let me catch her, please let me catch her.' That's all I could say," he added.

St. Bernard said he was walking home from work when he observed a commotion outside the Coney Island housing complex. He saw the girl standing on the air conditioning unit, seemingly unafraid and moving about.

It wasn't clear how she got there, but witnesses told the Daily News that she crawled out by pulling aside the unit's accordion-like plastic partitions that keep the air conditioner secured in the window.

An amateur video shows St. Bernard yelling up to the girl, telling her to go back inside when she suddenly falls and he catches her in his arms.

"I picked her up and carried her. ... She kept looking around. She never closed her eyes. She never lost consciousness," he said.

The girl was taken to a Coney Island hospital with minor injuries. St. Bernard, a father of four, suffered a torn tendon in his shoulder.

Neighbors said the girl was a special needs child.

Police said no charges were filed against the parents.







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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Reminds me of Jim, the poker playing transit driver out of Staten Island, New York, that I play as buddies with, on Pokerist. I will ask him, next time I play with him.
on July 17,2012 | 04:12AM
96706 wrote:
?????
on July 17,2012 | 07:20AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I talked to Jim, chat on Pokerist, and he said he heard about that news, except that he did not know the bus driver. Jim retires from The Transit in NYC this week after working there for 30 years. Anything else, 96706 ??
on July 17,2012 | 10:42AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
What a good person! Seems like really decent person. You scored big with the Man upstairs.
on July 17,2012 | 07:22AM
bluebowl wrote:
He is an angel.
on July 17,2012 | 07:33AM
Just1tPsOnEarth wrote:
Miraculous! Glad the guy was there at the right time and not hesitated to do the right thing even if it means putting his life on the line. Big respect for him.
on July 17,2012 | 08:03AM
kk808 wrote:
Good post!
on July 17,2012 | 11:52AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
A true hero. Hopefully the parents put reinforcements around their windows.
on July 17,2012 | 09:42AM
kamakana13 wrote:
His name is fitting.
on July 17,2012 | 10:59AM
Mikilai wrote:
He's a Hero in my book!!
on July 17,2012 | 11:12AM
Kokoy wrote:
Amazing.....now about everyone else standing around not helping, shame on them.
on July 17,2012 | 02:34PM
kainalu wrote:
Amazing. Consider the chances.
on July 17,2012 | 09:23PM
Bothrops wrote:
This is a man, an honorable man. All you pufftter sports celebrities study hard and try to understand what is honor and sacrifice.
on July 17,2012 | 11:13PM
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