Jan 16, 2014
Two Verizon splicers rescued a 10-year-old boy who had fallen into an open Brooklyn manhole and injured his leg. Mike Kroski and Tom Prestia, both members of CWA Local 1109, just happened to be driving by on their way to a job site, when they came upon a crowd gathered around the manhole.
"We pulled over. We asked the officer how we could help out and first suggested throwing a rope down to the kid. The cop didn't think he would be able to climb up the rope so we went and got our collapsible ladder and put it down there and the kid climbed right up," Kroski, himself a father of two, said.
The sewer manhole cover was broken and inside the hole, witnesses said.
"He looked fine, it was at least a 15 foot drop. He had some bruises on his leg but that's about it; very lucky. I was at the right place at the right time," Kroski added.
Kroski's partner who helped out said, "Anytime you do something like this it feels good."