Yesterday, 7-year-old Keyla McCree (who is autistic) climbed out of a window in her mother’s apartment and onto an air conditioning unit. Her mother was inside the apartment, but was momentarily occupied with another child and did not notice her daughter push her way out the window.
Witnesses noticed the girl standing perilously atop the air conditioner – one of whom was 52-year-old Steven St. Bernard, a local bus driver. Quickly, Steven rushed over and made it to the scene, just seconds before Keyla lost her footing and tumbled off the unit, which was three storeys off the ground.
Luckily, Steven awaited below with outstretched arms and caught her. He suffered a torn tendon in his bicep, but Keyla walked away without a scratch.
“Not a scratch on her,” said Keyla’s mom, Shaleema. “The man caught her, thank God. It’s a miracle.”
Jessica Aleman, a neighbour of St. Bernard’s, had this to say about the city bus driver:
“He has a heart, a very good heart — kids, adults, anybody — he would do anything for anybody.”
Watch the whole harrowing scene unfold in the video below: