Heroic bus driver Stephen St. Bernard, who saved a little girl's life when he caught her upon her fall from three flights up, is now in need of help himself. The city bus driver was walking home to his Coney Island apartment in July when he spotted the 7-year-old standing on top of an air conditioning unit three stories up. He stood under the window and caught her in his arms when she eventually fell. The heroic act was all caught on video:
Now an Indiegogo campaign has launched, offering "a helping hand to Steven St. Bernard who put himself on the line to save 7-year-old Keyla McCree." St. Bernard was injured during the incident and told Brooklyn Paper, "'I'm struggling to keep my apartment after injury'... the Metropolitan Transportation Authority nearly derailed his health insurance, leaving him scrambling to provide for his family on measly disability payments." St. Bernard—who shredded his arm tendon and needs extensive procedures—says he is also "in jeopardy of losing his benefits because he was off the clock" when he rescued McCree.
The person who launched the campaign, after being questioned about the fundraising, posted on Reddit today, "I'm not affiliated to Steven [sic], just trying to help. I am going to try get in contact with him today, heading to Coney Island to see if I can try and make a video with him to verify. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know."
UPDATE: The MTA tells us that “Stephen St. Bernard is a hero, and the MTA has treated him as one ever since he saved a little girl’s life. Contrary to the Brooklyn Paper’s wholly inaccurate report, Mr. St. Bernard’s health benefits were NEVER in danger of being cut off—and they never will be. The MTA is in constant contact with Mr. St. Bernard and his family during his period of short-term disability as he heals from his injury, and we look forward to welcoming him back to work as soon as he is able.”