Edward H. Susino rescued Bradford W. Simms from a fatal fall, New York, New York, June 23, 1962. Bradford, 6, climbed onto the sill of an open window on the sixth floor of an apartment building and then started to fall but caught hold of the frame with both hands and hung outside the window 54 feet above the ground. Susino, 36, machinist, saw Bradford and ran 150 feet to a fence three feet high, which enclosed the lawn of the building. Stepping onto a bench, he leaped over the fence and across a hedge five feet wide. He then ran to the building and stood directly under Bradford. Soon afterward Bradford lost his hold on the window frame and fell. As Bradford somersaulted and then plunged head downward toward him, Susino extended his arms outward and upward. Bradford’s head struck Susino’s face just below the eye, and his shoulder forcibly hit Susino’s wrist. Susino closed his arms around Bradford and clasped him tightly as he was driven to his knees and thence prone on the ground with Bradford. Neither suffered serious injury.
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