It was a hot July day in Brooklyn, New York, when seven-year-old autistic girl Keyla McCree snuck out the window in her parents’ third-floor apartment and perch herself on the room’s air conditioner outside. When she started dancing on top of the air conditioner, neighbors on the street below got worried.
Steven St. Bernard, a 52-year-old bus driver and father of four who lives in the same apartment complex, happened to be nearby and rushed over, knowing that she would likely fall. When asked by WABC News what was going through his mind, he said, “Please let me catch her, please let me catch her, that’s all I could say.”
Sure enough, McCree fell off the air conditioner, but was cushioned by the arms of St. Bernard who was standing below her. The girl was largely unhurt, though her hero tore a tendon in his shoulder. His injury didn’t bother him, though. St. Bernard said, “It feels good to know that I did something.”
Pray for the courage to be a hero when you encounter someone in trouble.
The integrity of the upright guides them.
Be my guide in times of trouble, Jesus.