An MTA bus driver is being hailed as a hero after he caught a seven-year-old girl who fell off of an air conditioner outside of of a third-floor window in a Coney Island apartment complex Monday. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Some call it luck. Others call it heroism. Either way, Steve St. Bernard may have saved a little girl's life.
"I just said 'Please, let me catch her, lord, please let me catch her,'" St. Bernard said.
When Steve St. Bernard came home from the end of his shift as an Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver Monday afternoon, he saw a seven-year-old girl that had crawled out on an air conditioning unit of her third-floor apartment. She was dancing, unafraid or unaware of the danger.
"I ran over there hoping that she wouldn't fall," he said. "When I got there she was still standing there and I just positioned myself. Hopefully, I would catch her."
A small crowd of kids and adults gathered, horrified at what they were witnessing.
"I'm just walking," said a witness. "Next thing, I see some kid dancing on an air conditioning unit. I'm thinking it's fake."
St. Bernard says he tried to keep them calm. When she did fall, he was there to catch her.
"When she lost her balance, I caught her. She has no scratches or anything. She's okay," he said. "I cried. Tears came out."
"I'm not a hero," he added. "It's something that I would always do and I would hope they would do if they had the chance to."
St. Bernard suffered a torn tendon in his arm but said he will be okay.
The Public Housing Authority said tenants do not need window guards on windows with air conditioning units.
The NYPD said no charges have been filed against the parents.