Man catches girl after 3-storey fall

2012-07-17 19:40

New York - A New York bus driver has become a surprise hero after saving a 7-year-old girl who accidentally fell three storeys from a Brooklyn apartment building.

"I just said 'Please, let me catch her, lord, please let me catch her," Stephen St Bernard told local NY1 television about Monday's rescue in the Brooklyn's Coney Island neighbourhood.

A video of the incident taken on a mobile phone and broadcast by the channel showed the girl standing on an air conditioning unit outside her apartment window more than 10m from the ground.

Amid cries from people watching the scene unfold from the ground, the girl fell into the arms of St Bernard.

"I ran over there hoping that she wouldn't fall. When I got there, she was still standing there and I just positioned myself," he said.

"When she lost her balance, I caught her. She has no scratches or anything. She's okay."

St Bernard, who said he cried after saving the girl, suffered a torn tendon in his arm from the impact.

The girl has been identified as Keyla McCree. Her mother had left her alone in the room moments before, according to the New York Post.

  • - 2012-07-17 20:02

    What good fortune. They don't call him 'Saint' for nothing! XD

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-17 20:54

      Thanks heaven she is ok... I hope she get's the biggest whipping in her life for this stunt...

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-21 13:05

      @Elbie..... She's seven years old.... how do you expect her mother to be with her every minute of the day? Are your kids NEVER out of your sight?

      candice.ridgway - 2012-07-23 10:26

      @john, when you a parent if you have to leave your kid alone, you check for things objects, OPEN windows... it was wrong

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-07-17 20:10

    Give that man a Bells...

  • lizelle.grobbelaarvanzyl - 2012-07-17 20:25

    Glad the guy was there! What a stupid woman to leave a 7yr old alone!

      nicola.killops - 2012-07-17 21:21

      She didn't leave the child alone. She left the room.

  • Jellyarse - 2012-07-17 20:30

    about the only bit of good news from NEWS24 in ages! Well done St Bernard!

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-07-17 20:39

    WOW !!!! Wat a fantastic man u are indeed ST Bernard !!!!!!!!hope his arm mends soon ! ; )

  • Eugene - 2012-07-17 21:02

    No Redbull?

  • kenjaymay - 2012-07-17 21:35

    Fantastic!...they should name a dog after him!

      Susan - 2012-07-18 08:10

      sharp Ken, really sharp!

  • Marius Koen - 2012-07-17 21:56

    Happy ending. Well done.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-17 22:07

    parental negrect!

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-07-18 12:13

      Negret?! Is that a new word?!

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-18 00:02

    Fetch the child warfare...

  • christopher.d.pickup - 2012-07-18 06:51

    hectic, good catch!

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-07-18 07:01

    "The little girl lives in Brooklyn with her mother and brother. The mom was watching her son when the daughter decided to go out the window and dance on the air conditioner." Quoted from the Youtube Video: This is a case of "Darwin Intervention", natural selection should not be interfered with! what next, is she going to to breakdancing on the highway? watch the video, make up your own mind.

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-07-18 07:55

    give this gentleman a hero's medal... you are one awesome human being dude... may god bless you with so much love...

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-18 08:52

    He's an Angel sent from above

  • tatsee - 2012-07-18 09:10

    This is great news and am glad that the little girl and the hero did not get too hurt.One question though-how did the girl come to be standing on an air-conditioner unit OUTSIDE her flat 10 meters above the ground?Was this a suicide attempt?I do not think this is parent neglect-this girl is 7 years old and the story says the parent left her alone MOMENTS before she went on her adventure-I don't think you need 2 eyeballs on a 7 year old 24/7 (unless the mother left her to go on a long trip or something similay)There is a part of the story that's missing here.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-18 09:15

    Give that man a Bell's!

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-07-18 10:32

    The man did a fantastic catch. Being in the right time at the right place. May God bless you.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-18 12:06

    Glory to the Most High God!

  • boitumelo.moleleki - 2012-07-18 13:52

    St Bernard?!hahahahahaha,how ironic!

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-07-20 10:22

    God answers prayer, and sometimes he uses a St Bernard. What a wonderful surname for a rescuer. How brave, and unselfish - he deserves a medal, but he will get his satisfaction from saving a young life. Well done Mr St Bernard. I hope his arm recovers from injury.

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