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Must see video: Neighbors perform daring rescue of man trapped by New York apartment fire.

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(Thanks, once again, to Adam Bearne for sending this my way.)

Video above of a rescue by neighbors of a man trapped yesterday afternoon in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood.


Roscindo Lopez, the superintendent of the building next door, heard the man’s desperate cries.

“And I hear it, ‘Help me! Help me! Please help me!” Lopez said.

Lopez, along with Guardencio Portillo, rushed over quickly and jumped into action.

“I’m thinking I need to do something,” Lopez said.

Without hesitation, one of the rescuers climbed dangerously over the railing in an effort to reach the trapped man.

The quick-thinking men used Lopez’s ladder to reach the victim, turning it sideways and creating a makeshift platform between the fire escape and the burning apartment.

Just as the men made it safely across the ladder, firefighters arrived.

Even after the daring rescue to save a stranger’s life, Lopez and Portillo humbly said they are not heroes.

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  • Eric

    Outstanding work!


    Videos removed. =

    • dave statter

      Back up.

      • MAEMTB

        …Wow. I hope they stay up now. Thank you.

        Was what those men were doing dangerous? Of course. Putting themselves at risk? Yes. Potentially just creating more victims? All of the above. But sense or no, that man was going to fall if they hadn’t acted, and so with luck (and sheer adrenalin) they succeeded, and bravo to them for it.

        Sometimes it helps to see that people will respond to a cry for help, from a stranger, even under terrifying circumstances.

  • Fire21

    Risk versus gain…wonderful work! “Do you feel like a hero?” Well, you are some!

  • Cindy
    • Cindy

      Never mind, I see you have it back now.

      • dave statter

        Thanks for thinking of me Cindy

  • NJSteve

    FDNY – Forget the entrance exam. Give that man a job!!

  • Sharppointy1

    Wow, talk about cojones – blue shirt man is brave. This is very good news to see. Thanks for showing us this one, Dave. Those are real heroes.

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  • on the job

    Better work done by these daring people.. then firefighters on video clips on here.