An 87-year-old man was rescued from a burning Garden City home by a Garden City father and son Monday night during Hurricane Sandy.
One of the man's rescuers, 53-year-old off-duty FDNY captain Frank Leto, told Newsday[paid link], he was in his Garden City home when he heard a boom. He went to investigate what had happened and saw flames from a Kenwood Road home.
"Leto and his son, Matthew, 17, ran to the house. A fire had started
and quickly spread after a fallen tree dislodged a gas line and caused
After learning that an 87-year-old man was still inside the home, Frank and Matthew found an opening and got to the him. Frank pulled the man out and handed him to his son, according to Newsday.
Matthew, a senior and captain of the football team at Garden City High School, carried the man the rest of the way to a neighbor's home.
Newsday reported that the man "had scrapes and bruises but seemed to be in stable condition."