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Last Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007, 20:59 GMT
US 'heroes' catch falling toddler
Two New York men are being hailed as heroes after catching a toddler as he fell four storeys from a fire escape.

Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Nevarez saw three-year-old Timothy Addo dangling from a railing and rushed to position themselves underneath him.

As the boy lost his grip, he hit a tree branch, bounced off the chest of one of the men and landed in the other's arms.

Two days earlier, a New Yorker jumped onto a subway track to save a man who had fallen there after a seizure.

"This is a week of heroes here in New York," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

'Hero of Harlem'

Police said Timothy crawled out of a fifth-floor window in the Bronx while his babysitter was briefly distracted. He then fell through a gap to the fire escape below, 40ft (12.2m) above the street.

I'm not a hero - I just did what any other father would do
Pedro Nevarez, 40

"He was hanging on for dear life. We ran over and stood underneath so we could catch him," Julio Gonzalez, 43, told the New York Post.

The toddler hit Mr Nevarez in the chest so hard he knocked him over. But after the incident, the 40-year-old insisted the pair had just done the obvious thing.

"I'm not a hero. I just did what any other father would do. When you're a father, you would do this whether it's your child or not," Mr Nevarez said.

Police said they had spoken to the babysitter and that an investigation was under way.

On Tuesday, Wesley Autrey jumped on to a subway track in front of a train after he saw 19-year-old Cameron Hollopeter fall from the platform after suffering a seizure.

The 50-year-old rolled the film student into a trough between the rails, as two cars passed over the men before stopping just inches above them.

Mr Autrey, the "Hero of Harlem", has been awarded New York's highest award for civic achievement, $10,000 from Donald Trump, a trip to Disney World and a year's free subway travel.

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