Boy rescued from open manhole in Borough Park

Brooklyn Currents | 1/15/2014 | 0 comments

                           Police, EMTs, and Verizon workers pull young boy to safety

From NY 1 and Hamodia newspaper

A 10-year-old boy was rescued from inside an uncovered manhole about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Borough Park.

The boy  had fallen into the manhole as he crossed the street,  on the corner of 49th Street and 13th Avenue.

Police say they had  received a 911 call about the hazard and officers placed safety cones around it, but apparently the youngster had ventured into the manhole before the cones were in place, falling into waist-deep water.

Responders from the Hatzollah volunteer ambulance corps and two Verizon cable workers who were working nearby used a ladder to help pull the boy out.

"When we looked down the boy looked a little scared. He was holding onto the wall like he was frantic, like he was trying to hold himself up," said one of the Verizon workers, Mike Kroski. "Other than that he wasn't that bad. Once we put those ladders down he came right up. So we told him to go slow. The ladder doesn't come up all the way above the ground -- we actually had to grab him and pull him out."

"I was just glad we were in the right place at the right time," said Tim Prestia, the other Verizon worker. "We work in the community, we fix phones and like I said, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. So we're just glad that the boy's okay."

The child was taken to Lutheran Hospital with bruises on his leg, described as minor.

City officials said they would investigate why a manhole was left uncovered at a busy intersection.


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