MANHATTAN — A joint search rescue team from the FDNY and NYPD gave hope to devastated Haitians this weekend when they pulled four people, including a 13-year-old girl, from the rubble in Port-au-Prince where they had been trapped since Tuesday, police said.
Using a rescue camera, the team found a 55-year-old man on Sunday trapped on what was the third floor of a four-story building. NYPD paramedic Det. Randin Miller, climbed into the tight space with the dehydrated man, police said, and started him on intravenous fluids.
At the same time, rescuers used jackhammers and other cutting tools to free the man who, despite the dehydration, was not seriously injured, the NYPD said.
Earlier Sunday, the team rescued a 13-year-old girl and two men from the rubble of a grocery store, police said.
Trapped in a collapsed three-story building, the victims had survived by eating food from the grocery store in Port-au-Prince that collapsed after Tuesday's earthquake, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement.
The girl suffered a broken leg, whle the two men have undetermined injuries, police said. They are being treated at a United Nations hospital, Browne said,
About 26 New York police and firefighters from the Urban Rescue Team worked throughout the night to free them after their voices were heard by rescue workers about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Members of the team, who brought their own generators, rescue gear and food to the grief-stricken island, are now deployed at the scene of a destroyed hotel, where numerous voices have been heard calling for help, police said.