October 6, 2009

Positivity: Bronx Fire Hero Reunites With 4-Year-Old

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:29 am

From New York City:

Oct 3, 2009 9:02 am US/Eastern

Horia “Billy” Cretan Meets Briefly Friday Night With Little Boy He Pulled From Burning Parkchester Apartment

A Bronx man hailed a hero was reunited Friday night with the little boy he saved from a burning apartment.

The meeting happened hours after 4-year-old Christopher Ramcharran was released from Jacobi Medical Center. Doctors ordered Christopher to go straight home and rest. But his family could not resist taking him for a very brief visit to the man who saved his life.

The brave and speedy actions of store owner Horia “Billy” Cretan made all the difference Wednesday when a blaze gutted a fourth-floor apartment in Parkchester.

Cretan, who owns the shop on the first floor, smelled the smoke and heard the cries. He dashed up a ladder where a firefighter handed over Christopher, limp and unconscious. Glass was falling around them and Cretan used a curtain to shield the boy.

Seeing the boy so close to death then and now up and walking around warmed Cretan’s heart.

“He’s looking good and I’m happy he’s recovering fast. He’s walking now and that’s the moment we’ve been waiting for,” he said Friday.

The reunion lasted less than five minutes. There will be a longer visit later. Christopher’s family said its gratitude will last a lifetime. Pharbodial Ramcharran, the boy’s father, said “He put his life on the line to save my son. I would do anything for him.” ….

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