Hero SanitationWorkers Lauded By Boro Prez
During her State of the Borough address on January 24, Borough President Helen Marshall recognized Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi for their heroics in the early morning hours of December 13.
“Last month while on collection duty shortly after 6 a.m., they noticed a house fire in Far Rockaway and immediately responded. After calling 911 they managed to save an entire family by yelling “‘Jump into my arms,’” said Marshall. “Those strong arms caught five children and their mother, jumping from 30 feet above the ground.”
In recognition of what Marshall called, “lifesaving catches,” the two men were presented with catcher’s mitts by Mr. Met and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.
The sanitation workers were on their route in Far Rockaway on that fateful morning when they saw smoke coming from the McBride Street house. On the roof they saw the woman and her children – one boy and four girls between the ages 10 and 18. “We told them, ‘Relax, we’ll get you down one at a time,’ ” said Nkozi.
Maneggio added, “It lit up like a match stick. By the time we got them off the roof the house was fully engulfed in flames.” Marshall singled out Maneggio and Nkozi, along with members of the NYPD and the FDNY from other parts of Queens, for the extraordinary work they do.
“These acts are just a sample of the compassion and commitment you find on the streets across our borough,” said Marshall.