Bus Driver Catches Brooklyn Girl Who Fell 3 Stories

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

An MTA bus driver credited with saving a 7-year-old girl who fell three stories from a Brooklyn building said he was praying he would catch the young girl when he spotted her atop an air conditioning unit.

"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."

St. Bernard, 52, 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.


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Comments [5]

Toni Farrell

Really Junior!!! U obviously need more help then that little girl for making a stupid ass comment like that.... Have some compassion!!

Jul. 20 2012 05:24 AM

Really Junior!!! U obviously need more help then that little girl for making a stupid ass comment like that.... Have some compassion!!

Jul. 20 2012 05:18 AM
clive betters

the girl is autistic.........

you're not rude,you're much worse,you're grossly misinformed.

Jul. 18 2012 12:13 PM
Junior from moorpark

I dont wanna be rude but that girl is stupid why would she go on top of that air conditioner.

Jul. 18 2012 02:40 AM
Toni farrell

This man is a hero and an angel!!! The mayor of NY and The MTA should do alot more for him then just shake his hand and say thank you. I just hope that NYC and the MTA takes care if him and his family while he recovers from his injuries. ( pay him) thank u for saving thT little girl. God bless u and ur family

Jul. 18 2012 12:14 AM

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