2011-12-16 / Top Stories

Sanitation Workers Make Lifetime Catch At FR Fire

By Howard Schwach

Two sanitation workers jumped into action at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning after spotting a house on fire on McBride Street in Far Rockaway.

The flames forced five children and their mother onto the home’s lower roof, awaiting rescue by the fire department, but the flames were quickly catching up to them.

Luckily, sanitation workers Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi were there to service their route and took it upon themselves to save the day.

“We noticed smoke coming from the house,” Moneggio said. “There were five children and a grown woman on top of the roof.”

“We told them, relax, we’ll get you down one at a time,” Nkozi

The two men positioned themselves below the roof and managed to catch each of the five children – one boy and four girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age — as they jumped about 30 feet into their arms.

Then, they got the mother as well, but she stumbled in getting away from the fire and broke her foot. She was the only casualty, fire officials say.

The woman and three of the children were transported to Jamaica Hospital, where they are reported in good condition.

“It lit up like a match stick,” Maneggio said. “By the time we got them off the roof the house was fully engulfed in flames.”

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