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Published on: October 1, 2009 03:00 PM
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Bronx, NY - A good Samaritan perched atop a fourth-floor fire escape helped firefighters stage a dramatic rescue of a young boy from a burning Bronx apartment on Wednesday.

Firefighters from the FDNY’s Ladder 47 raced to 1418 Zerega Ave. in Westchester Square shortly after 4 p.m. and found a fourth-floor apartment ablaze - with two people trapped inside.

The truck’s ladder was raised up to the burning apartment’s window and Firefighter James Senk scampered up it - and bashed his way inside.

Once inside the smoke-filled apartment, Senk found a 4-year-old boy a short distance from the window.

“He goes 10 feet deep into the the room, and pulls the kid out to the window,” a Fire Department source said.

Just outside the window, neighborhood hero Horia Cretan - who had shot up the fire escape when he saw the blaze - waited to make sure the seriously injured boy made it to safety.

The firefighter passed the boy into Cretan’s waiting arms, officials said.

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Cretan then bravely carried the child down the fire escape and handed him over to rescue workers.

He said he just reacted instinctively.

“I heard somebody scream; I didn’t know what was happening outside,” he told Fox 5 News.

“I looked up and just couldn’t see nothing - there was too much smoke. I just kicked in - I kicked in gear. ... I did the best I could.”

The boy, who was not immediately identified, was in serious but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center Wednesday night.

An unidentified adult also was rescued from the apartment and was in serious but stable condition at the same hospital Wednesday night, a Fire Department official said.

The blaze, which was brought under control in roughly 40 minutes, was under investigation Wednesday night, the official said.


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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:04 PM Annon Says:

nice job good Samaritan, whish there were more like you

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:02 PM Aron Says:

after looking how EMS is doing their job, I am glad ther is a Hatzolah.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:09 PM NYCESQ Says:

The speed (or lack thereof) that the EMS move at borders on criminal negligence. They are at least for our communities a very last resort. I definatly can appreciate Hatzolahs eagerness and speed alot more now.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
NYCESQ Says:

The speed (or lack thereof) that the EMS move at borders on criminal negligence. They are at least for our communities a very last resort. I definatly can appreciate Hatzolahs eagerness and speed alot more now.

You are used to seeing dramatic scenes from Hatzolah to every call they respond to with 5 cars and ambulances with train horns so every time you see other EMS operating NORMALLY you perceive that they are "negligent"or not fast enough. The child was conscious and breathing on his own; he had no burns or traumatic injuries. Why should EMS run fast like it's some action movie? There was no danger to the child and with so many vehicles and people around, there is no need to act like heroes and run around with a stretcher.
If the child was not breathing then those EMTs would react appropriately.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Aron Says:

after looking how EMS is doing their job, I am glad ther is a Hatzolah.

it looked like things were going very slow and the ambu.looked like it was too far from the action.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 04:13 PM moshe Says:

#2: what do you know about EMS? what do you claim they did wrong this time?

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:07 PM NYCESQ Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

You are used to seeing dramatic scenes from Hatzolah to every call they respond to with 5 cars and ambulances with train horns so every time you see other EMS operating NORMALLY you perceive that they are "negligent"or not fast enough. The child was conscious and breathing on his own; he had no burns or traumatic injuries. Why should EMS run fast like it's some action movie? There was no danger to the child and with so many vehicles and people around, there is no need to act like heroes and run around with a stretcher.
If the child was not breathing then those EMTs would react appropriately.

The article indicates the child was in "serious but stable condition", and while you may be somewhat right with regard to the comments of the five cars, I still would strongly believe that Hatzolah cares more and responds with more urgency then the EMS. Case in point would be: who would you call if you had an emergency? If you say ems then make sure you grab a snickers while you wait.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:09 PM Anonymous Says:

those were not FDNY EMS personel, and yes someone get them clown hats!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:11 PM Brooklyn Jew Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

You are used to seeing dramatic scenes from Hatzolah to every call they respond to with 5 cars and ambulances with train horns so every time you see other EMS operating NORMALLY you perceive that they are "negligent"or not fast enough. The child was conscious and breathing on his own; he had no burns or traumatic injuries. Why should EMS run fast like it's some action movie? There was no danger to the child and with so many vehicles and people around, there is no need to act like heroes and run around with a stretcher.
If the child was not breathing then those EMTs would react appropriately.

A. It's not called being dramatic it's called being careful. And B. The EMS does respond slowly though it's not their fault, there just aren't enough paramedics just like there aren't enough of anything else in government related offices.
P.S. Kudos to hero Horia Cretan, for not panicking and springing into action.
Horia is THE MAN.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:37 PM Anonymous Says:

in the video from about 1.20 to 1.40 hes doing cpr. then he shouts ''hes okay'' like he will make it

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

You are used to seeing dramatic scenes from Hatzolah to every call they respond to with 5 cars and ambulances with train horns so every time you see other EMS operating NORMALLY you perceive that they are "negligent"or not fast enough. The child was conscious and breathing on his own; he had no burns or traumatic injuries. Why should EMS run fast like it's some action movie? There was no danger to the child and with so many vehicles and people around, there is no need to act like heroes and run around with a stretcher.
If the child was not breathing then those EMTs would react appropriately.

the guy did cpr on the steps for the child!!!! last time i checked you dont do cpr on a conscious person.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:13 PM ini mini myni mo Says:

Credit Deserved

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Hey, smoke inhalition is extremly dangerous and even when consious it could kill him.
Hatzala comes faster cuz we are family, i am sure ems would move fast if the call involved their family, yidn are one mishpocho and it shows!!!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 06:51 PM me Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

in the video from about 1.20 to 1.40 hes doing cpr. then he shouts ''hes okay'' like he will make it

He wasn't doing CPR.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 10:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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me Says:

He wasn't doing CPR.

i watched an interview he had with someone this morning and he said he was doing what he new (chest compressions) which is also cpr

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 12:11 AM Anonymous Says:

You dont need 20 people grabbing the stretcher running like maniacs for the cameras. They assessed him, reassured him, put O2 on, and calmly placed him in the ambulance for further assessment and a trip to the hospital. Better that the child is calm, relaxed, and reassured as this will facilate air into his lungs way better then rushing him away as if he is about to die c'v. Except that they maybe should have covered him a bit better, they did a real professional job.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

he was certainly exposed to smoke inhalation, it took EMS way too long to give the boy oxygen

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 08:52 AM Anonymous Says:

The firemen risked his life to let him die on the fire escape? it took from :34 to 2:34 someone should come to help this guy on the fire escape and another 2 minutes to put the child on oxygen Wow wow

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 08:51 AM Samaritan?! Says:

why a good samaritan?
oh.. cuz the new bible (Ch"v) says that along came a good samaritan. .
the whole stroy is false, its only to put shame on the Jews, the Samaritans (now around 700 People living on Har Grizim. . ) were our enemies, Ezra didnt let them build the Beis Hamikdash. .
By the way, the Samaritans were our Enemies from Ezrah Hasofers times, and they have the Torah (with some very very minor variations) and sefer Yeshua, (which is a tottal mish mash). that is a answer to those who claim that Ezrah wrote the sefer torah, since they would never would have accepted it from Ezrah. .

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 09:55 AM Shmulie Says:

If this good samaritan would be a Yid;, we would say "Mi K'amcho Yisroel".
We would say, 'Only Yidden have a Yiddishe Hartz'.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 10:35 AM Logic613 Says:

Everyone thinks they are experts. There was nothing wrong with how EMS treated that child. When the child was placed on the stretcher he was clearly awake and responsive. No need to make it dramatic for the cameras. Hatzolah would have done the same thing, maybe a little bit quicker. Just because they aren't running around in a panic doesnt mean they aren't doing their job.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Whether EMS acted within protocol is not for laymen to decide, all I can say is "Thank Hashem that we are blessed with organizations like Hatzolah, Shomrim and other beautiful Chesed organizations". Don't take it for granted!!!

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 01:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Anyone who has any experience in emergency care (which I would guess most of the hamoin am here don't) knows that at a fire scene, or any dangerous environment, you park the bus at a safe distance from the scene. The EMS personnel acted very professionally, the child was awake and responsive, they started an IV line and administered O2 in a perfectly timely manner. There are plenty of Hatzooleh mentchen who just run around like yotzmechs, who are more interested in looking cool with their lights and keys and belt zachen then helping. I think Hatzalah is a terrific organization, but I know for a fact that there are members who paid others to take their exams, and a relative of mine who worked as an EMT and an ER nurse years ago always told me that many Hatzalah guys didn't know what the heck they were doing. Anyway, Hatzalah is a great organization and you don't need to bash FDNY to make Hatzalah look good! They both do phenomenal work.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 03:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

You are used to seeing dramatic scenes from Hatzolah to every call they respond to with 5 cars and ambulances with train horns so every time you see other EMS operating NORMALLY you perceive that they are "negligent"or not fast enough. The child was conscious and breathing on his own; he had no burns or traumatic injuries. Why should EMS run fast like it's some action movie? There was no danger to the child and with so many vehicles and people around, there is no need to act like heroes and run around with a stretcher.
If the child was not breathing then those EMTs would react appropriately.

You are correct Hatzolah does wonderful work, but needs to tone down their macho-cowboy wannabe attitudes.

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 Oct 04, 2009 at 11:57 PM Truth Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Anyone who has any experience in emergency care (which I would guess most of the hamoin am here don't) knows that at a fire scene, or any dangerous environment, you park the bus at a safe distance from the scene. The EMS personnel acted very professionally, the child was awake and responsive, they started an IV line and administered O2 in a perfectly timely manner. There are plenty of Hatzooleh mentchen who just run around like yotzmechs, who are more interested in looking cool with their lights and keys and belt zachen then helping. I think Hatzalah is a terrific organization, but I know for a fact that there are members who paid others to take their exams, and a relative of mine who worked as an EMT and an ER nurse years ago always told me that many Hatzalah guys didn't know what the heck they were doing. Anyway, Hatzalah is a great organization and you don't need to bash FDNY to make Hatzalah look good! They both do phenomenal work.

Don't contradict yourself -either they are good or they're not!

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