The MTA and the Yankees Honor Bus Operator Steve St. Bernard

His quick action broke the fall of a seven year-old girl who had been dancing atop the air conditioning unit outside of her family's third-floor apartment at the Coney Island Houses in Brooklyn.  He caught the girl when she lost her footing and fell to the street below.

The MTA and the Yankees Honor Bus Operator Steve St. Bernard
Chairman Lhota joins the Yankee faithful in honoring hero Bus Operator Steve St. Bernard

For that, he was honored with throwing out the first pitch prior to Tuesday's Yankees game against the Orioles.

St. Bernard, 52, a ten-year MTA veteran assigned to the Flatbush Depot, was headed home after working his shift when he encountered a commotion near his building.  Looking up, he saw the child and took immediate action thinking:  "Let me catch her. First, don't let her fall, then, let me catch her."  

His actions were also spurred by the fact that St. Bernard has a seven-year old daughter, Tahaani, and when interviewed he said that she immediately came to his thoughts as he attempted his life-saving grab.  Treated for a torn shoulder tendon, the bus operator downplayed his heroics and accepted a warm hug from the little girl's mother the next day.  Asked if he considered himself a hero, St. Bernard, a father of four replied, "No. A hero is a sandwich. I just did what I would do for one of my own kids."

The entire incident was caught on amateur video and replayed on virtually all news stations.  St. Bernard's heroic act energized the City and captured the interest of the world press.  The youngster was taken to Coney Island Hospital and treated for minor injuries.