BlackBlueDog.com Staff Writer
A man in Brooklyn is being called a hero after he caught a 7-year old girl who fell from a third story window.
“I just prayed that I’d catch her,” said Steve St. Bernard. “I was right underneath her.”
The girl had crawled out of a window in a space next to the air conditioner in the family’s apartment. She was playing and laughing on the ledge as her friends were watching. A crowd gathered, as the adults started to notice that the girl had no business being in the window like that.
Right as she was losing her balance and about to fall, St. Bernard happened to be standing beneath her. He’d run over to see if the girl was OK, and happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“I went over there to make sure if she fell I could catch her,” St. Bernard said. “I’m not a hero — anybody would have done it. I did it out of normal instincts.”
The man said that he felt compelled to save the girl in large part because one of his own kids is the same age as she is.
“I thought to myself, let me get over there and catch her. I just hope I don’t drop her,” he said.
When the girl hit him, St. Bernard fell to the ground and hurt himself a bit. But the girl was OK.
“She fell and she put her hands out,” said witness Jesse Padilla, 9. “Her head hit a bush, but Steve caught the rest of her body.”
The girl’s mother has refused to give her name or speak to the media. The public has obvious questions about why her child was playing out on a window ledge. St. Bernard tore his bicep in the rescue.
Air conditioners are supposed to have a barrier that leaves no opening greater than four and a half inches, according to New York City ordinances. The city is launching an investigation into the incident. Someone is surely going to pay. But thanks to her hero, the little girl is not going to be one of the people paying for the negligence of the adults who own that building.