Brooklyn Yeshiva Worker Saves Life by Jumping into Safe
Quick-thinking worker jumps into giant safe as it falls so it doesn't crush him
Ayeshiva worker in Brooklyn was installing a large safe to hold a Torah scroll when the safe fell on him on Monday, the New York Post reported.
The quick-thinking worker saved himself by jumping inside the safe to avoid being crushed.
The jaw-dropping video shows the moment the unnamed man escapes from the 8-foot-long, 3-foot-deep safe — which landed on him face down and open — at the Rabbinical College Yeshiva Of Machzikai Hadas 39th Street near 14th Avenue in Borough Park, according to the New York Post
At least six firefighters rushed to the scene after the worker was trapped inside the safe.
“We got him out!” a firefighter shouts as the man emerges from the safe and flashes a relieved grin.
A giant torah was then pulled from the safe and quickly carried off.
Rescuers used metal tools to prop up the heavy safe, allowing the worker to slide out from under it, unscathed.
The lucky-to-be-alive man is seen in the video smiling and shaking the hand of friend after the wild rescue. He refused medical attention on scene, according to cops.
The yeshiva had been installing the safe in response to a rash of Torah thefts in the area recently.
"He was communicating with the members [of the FDNY]. He was a little scared, but in good spirits. He knew we were there to get him out. We reassured him," said Lieutenant Richard Cannon of Engine 282.
The crews wedged pieces of wood to "secure the safe so it didn't move any further," Cannon said.
They then pulled the metal door that'd been trapped under the safe to make room for the man underneath, Cannon said.
"After the members stabilized the safe, we proceeded to try to get the victim out, said Cannon, a 16-year member of the FDNY.
"We were able to reach in and pull the victim out," he added.
"He did jump up fairly quickly. He was a little shaken up. He did have a couple bumps and bruises on him, Cannon said.
Apart from being jostled, the man seemed otherwise OK, witnesses said.
"He was smiling, but his hand was shaking," Friedman said.
He went to the hospital by Hatzolah, a private ambulance service, FDNY officials said.
"We were able to reach in and pull the victim out,"
A yeshiva worker in Brooklyn was installing a large safe to hold a Torah scroll when the safe fell on him on Monday