On January 14, a 10-year-old boy was saved after falling down an open manhole at 49th street and 13th Avenue. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m.
State Senator Simcha Felder commended the Fire and Police Departments, as well as Boro Park Hatzoloh, for their quick and heroic action. “As a community, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave heroes who risk life and limb each day to save others,” he said. “I am immensely thankful to the NYPD, the FDNY, and Boro Park Hatzoloh for their swift and lifesaving responses today and every day.”
In addition, Verizon employees were near the manhole when the child fell. They lowered a ladder to the boy, which helped authorities rescue him.
It remains unknown why the manhole was left uncovered, or for how long. An investigation regarding those questions is underway. “Protecting our community, especially our children, is my top priority, and those responsible for this reckless act will be held accountable,” said Felder.
The boy was taken to Lutheran Hospital after the fall and has since been released. According to Felder, he suffered minor lacerations on his right leg.