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January 9, 2007 > Two NYC men save toddler in four-story fall

Two NYC men save toddler in four-story fall

NEW YORK (AP), Jan 05 _ Two passers-by rescued a toddler from a four-story fall, scrambling to catch him as he tumbled off a fire escape, police said.

Julio Gonzalez, 43, and Pedro Nevarez, 40, saw 3-year-old Timothy Addo dangling from a Bronx building around 12:20 p.m. Thursday, police and the men said. The boy had crawled out a window while a baby sitter was taking care of him, police said.

``He was hanging on for dear life,'' said Gonzalez, a mechanic.

Hearing people in the building scream for help as the boy's grip weakened, the two rushed over to position themselves to catch him.

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

The boy dropped and hit him in the chest _ so hard he knocked Nevarez off-balance _ and bounced out of his arms, but Gonzalez caught him.

Timothy was treated and released from a local hospital, ending up with only a cut on his forehead.

``He's fine. He's happy. He's smiling,'' said his mother, Katrina Cosme, 26, who was working at the time of the accident.

Police talked to the baby sitter, and the investigation was continuing early Friday, Detective John Sweeney said.

The crucial catch came two days after a bystander threw himself onto a Manhattan subway track to save a man who had fallen, and a day after three police officers delivered a baby on a Brooklyn subway platform.

``This is the week of heroes in New York,'' said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

But Nevarez said, ``I'm not a hero. I did what any other father would do.''

Said Gonzalez, a father himself: ``I feel I did something good.''

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