In the video that Troy Hinson (aka Troyquan) took in the moments after the explosion, you can see a man climb the fire escape above Sushi Park at 121 Second Ave. and search for any people inside the building.You can see him kick in some windows during his search.
His name is Mike Shepherd, a third-generation New York City firefighter. Shepherd, of Squad 41 in the Bronx, was off duty and had just finished lunch nearby.
Al Baker at The New York Times has Shepherd's story.
“As I got closer to the corner I could feel the concussion bounced off the building across the street and kind of hit me in the chest and I said, ‘Oh man, it’s a big one.’ ”
“Then I looked and I turned and I see the whole building is out in the street and people laying there, and I said, ‘Oh man, this is bad.’ And I looked up and I thought, ‘I got to check above.’”
He saw a girl out on the fire escape, and she could not get the ladder unhooked.
“Me and a couple of other guys were trying to get the drop ladder down for her. It was too heavy. She was panicking. I told her, I said, ‘Honey, you got to calm down and listen to me.’ I said, ‘Bend with your legs and lift it up so it unhooks and then just let it go.’ And she was like, ‘I can’t.’”
He told her she could do it.
“I just kind of instilled confidence in her.”
Read the whole article here.