A Brooklyn man is being hailed as a hero after he helped pull a toddler to safety after she ended up on an awning outside her Bensonhurst apartment.
Qing Chen was working inside a pharmacy on 18th Avenue when he saw a small child on the awning of a nearby building. The toddler had apparently squeezed past an air-conditioning unit in her family's apartment before making her way out the window, onto the fire escape, and then onto the awning.
Neighbors jumped into action, gathering below the awning in case the baby fell, while pharmacy workers called 911.
Qing ran upstairs and knocked on doors until he found the apartment where the child's mother lives.
"I asked her, 'Do you know your baby's outside, she's about to fall?' and she started crying," Qing said. "We couldn't open the window, so I jumped onto the fire escape and then onto the roof, and I immediately just grabbed her."
When police arrived they took the 18-month-old to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was treated before being released Friday night.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.