NYC man catches girl from 3-story fall

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 10:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City bus driver is being hailed as a hero for saving a 7-year-old girl who fell three stories from a Brooklyn building.

Stephen St. Bernard says he was walking home from work when he observed a commotion outside the building on Monday. He says he saw the child standing on an air conditioning unit. It wasn't clear how she got there.

A video shows St. Bernard yelling up to the girl, telling her to go back inside. She suddenly falls and he catches her in his arms.

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

The girl was taken to a Coney Island hospital with minor injuries. St. Bernard, who is a bus driver, suffered a torn tendon in his shoulder.

Neighbors say the girl is a special needs child.

Police say no charges were filed against the parents.

AP-WF-07-17-12 1110GMT

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