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July 17, 2012

Catch Of The Decade

Sorry to bump out that feel-good video in the down-page post about the armed robbers in the Internet cafe getting shot, but it can't hold a candle to this one.

A New York City bus driver says he was thinking of his own young daughter when he rushed to catch a 7-year-old girl plunging three stories from a Brooklyn building Monday.

"Please let me catch her, please let me catch her," Stephen St. Bernard, 52, recalled thinking. "That's all I could say. Let me catch the little baby."

God bless you, Mr. St. Bernard.

And before anyone goes passing judgment asking "where the f**k were the parents?" let me just say that, as the parent of an autistic child probably not too different than this one, when they get it in their mind to do something they're quick about it.

All you parents out there, imagine having a 7 year-old toddler. For the rest of you, that means a child you have to pay constant attention to who has no innate sense of danger. It's very difficult to do this 24/7/365 year-in, year-out.

On a related note, this seems like a good time to apologize again to the neighbor at the vacation house we were in a couple of weeks ago who sprinted out her back door when she spotted my little guy running across their yard headed to the pool. I had him. I really did.

Also, as a side note to all the Paterno/Penn State apologists out there: this is how decent, honorable people respond when they see a child in danger.


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