A 7-year-old Brooklyn girl is miraculously alive and well today after plummeting three stories — thanks to a heroic dad who raced into action and broke her fall. Cops said the little girl pushed out one of the accordion pieces that was holding a brand- new air conditioner in a bedroom window of her Coney Island apartment and squeezed through the tiny opening before she fell off.
“She’s fine,” said the autistic girl’s mom, Shaleema. “Not a scratch on her. The man caught her, thank God. “It’s a miracle.”
Dramatic cellphone video of Steven St. Bernard’s dramatic rescue shows a shoe-string catch that would make the Giants’ Victor Cruz proud. “This was the biggest catch of my life,” St. Bernard said later. “She just looked shocked.” Video
St. Bernard, who lives in the same apartment complex, was on his way home from work and was parking his car when several children ran over to him begging him for help. The bus driver, still in his blue MTA uniform, rushed over in the nick of time.
“There were all these kids yelling, ‘The little girl! The little girl!’ ” said St. Bernard. “I saw a little girl standing on the air conditioner,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘Let me get over to her in time.’ “I made it just in time.”
St. Bernard said the girl was “dancing and smiling” on the small unit, seemingly oblivious to her danger. He told her not to look down, and before he knew it, she was in free fall, tumbling right into his arms.
St. Bernard, who has been working for the MTA for 10 years, has four kids of his own — and one of them is a 7-year-old girl, just like Keyla.