Passers-by Catch Tumbling Toddler

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Passers-by Catch Tumbling Toddler

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Jan 5 2007, 06:09 PM #1

• 3-year-old crawled out of window, onto fourth-story fire escape
• Boy bounced off one man, into arms of another
• Boy treated for cuts, otherwise fine
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two passers-by rescued a toddler who fell four stories, scrambling to catch him as he tumbled from a fire escape, police said.

Julio Gonzalez, 43, and Pedro Nevarez, 40, saw 3-year-old Timothy Addo dangling from a Bronx building on Thursday, police said. The boy had crawled out of a window when his baby sitter briefly took her eyes off of him, police said.

"He was hanging on for dear life," Gonzalez said.

Hearing people in the building scream for help as the boy's grip weakened, the men rushed over to position themselves under the fire escape to catch him. (Watch man describe his life-saving catch)

"No one came," Nevarez said. "We knew it was up to us."

The boy tumbled and hit Nevarez in the chest so hard he knocked him off balance, but he bounced into Gonzalez' arms.

Timothy was treated at the hospital for a cut on his forehead. ... index.html

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