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Garden City Father, Son Save Elderly Man From Burning Home

A home on Kenwood Road was destroyed after a fire Monday evening. (Credit: Suzie Alvey)
A home on Kenwood Road was destroyed after a fire Monday evening. (Credit: Suzie Alvey)
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 an explosion."

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."
inisheer November 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I offer tremendous thanks to Frank and Matthew for saving my uncle Ray. But I do need to note that he is 87, not 97. Thanks to all neighbors who helped him!
Justine DeGaetano November 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Hi, our backyard is diagonal to your Uncle Ray. We have found some of his personal items in our front and backyard. After speaking with some of other neighboors, they too have some pictures and personal items of your uncle. I gave what we found to my neighboor who has other things - wedding pictures, etc. How can we get this to you and Ray?
inisheer November 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Can you email me at lifeboat46@hotmail.com? Glad to get your info to Ray so he can contact you. Thanks.