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Coney Island Mom Thanks Hero Who Saved Her Daughter After Window Plunge

By Fred Dreier | July 17, 2012 7:07pm

CONEY ISLAND — The mother of the girl who fell from a third story apartment window Monday finally got a chance to thank the man who caught and saved the child.

"Thank you so much," Keyla McCree told Steven St. Bernard in the hallway outside her third story apartment in a public housing complex at 3030 Surf Ave., as the two embraced.

St. Bernard asked McCree how the child was doing.

"She's fine," said the mother. The two then retreated into the apartment away from the news crews that had packed into the hallway.

St. Bernard became a hero on Monday after saving a 7-year-old girl from a three story fall.

The girl somehow managed to climb out a third-floor window and onto an air conditioning unit high above the ground at Coney Island Houses at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, witnesses and officials said.

The daring catch tore St. Bernard's left bicep tendon. The girl had no injuries.

Tuesday's meeting was facilitated by two workers from the Administration for Children's Services, who met with the family at approximately 2:00 p.m. for a procedural visit, officials said.

Five minutes after the private meeting, St. Bernard emerged from the apartment with a smile on his face.

"No scratches, no bruises," he said. "She just looked at me and smiled.

"I didn't say anything," St. Bernard added. "What was I going to say?"