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    Default Fireman saved by 'hand of God' after SUV lands on him.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...p-336642c.html

    Lucky to be alive
    Fireman saved by 'hand of God' after SUV lands on him


    BY TONY SCLAFANI
    DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU

    Firefighter Marc Kroenung miraculously walked away from having this SUV land on his head after manhole explosion in Bronx.

    A manhole explosion sent an SUV flying onto a Bronx firefighter - but he was miraculously saved by his helmet when he crashed clean through a side window.
    Firefighter Marc Kroenung, a 33-year-old married father of two, was helping extinguish a manhole fire Saturday when an underground explosion sent the Cadillac Escalade hurtling upward.

    The giant SUV came down sideways, with the driver's side window shattering against Kroenung's helmet as the auto crashed to the pavement. He was left standing inside the overturned SUV.

    "I just heard the boom and then I'm like, 'What just happened?' " Kroenung told the Daily News last night. "Then I realized I'm stuck." Kroenung was left trapped but not seriously hurt - leaving his fellow Engine 73 firefighters stunned, then joyous after they pulled him from the wreckage on Beck St. in Longwood on Saturday night.

    Kroenung received five stitches to his head at Jacobi Medical Center, where his close call left staffers marveling.

    "He looked great. It was like the hand of God was watching him," a nurse said last night.

    The incident began just after 9:30 p.m. when firefighters responded to a manhole fire on Leggett Ave. As firefighters doused the flames, Kroenung went around the corner to his rig on Beck St. to get tools to help Con Edison workers open more manholes to relieve underground pressure.

    Then a buildup of carbon monoxide because of the fire sparked the explosion 120 feet away - causing the manhole cover to blast into the SUV parked above, launching it into the air.

    Kroenung's helmet and back took the brunt of the impact, officials said.

    "I think the helmet definitely saved my life," said Kroenung, after being discharged from the hospital at 6 p.m. yesterday.

    Kroenung, who was able to talk to his lieutenant throughout the ordeal, eventually wiggled his head out of the helmet and then firefighters ripped off the windshield and pulled him out.

    "It's a miracle he was alive, that he wasn't hurt more severely," a fire official said.

    The underground blaze ignited inside a service box, possibly because of wires corroded from snow and salt, said Con Ed spokeswoman Joy Faber.

    There were no power disruptions and crews were making repairs yesterday, she said.

    Kroenung said he's still a bit shaken and nursing some bruises to his left side but planned to return to work soon.

    "I'm just thankful for the way things turned out," he said. "I'm just glad to be home. I'm lucky."


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    I think a change of underwear was also in order after this....unbelievable....glad to hear he is ok.

    Saturday morning we went to a manhole fire. Con Ed showed up, we left. 3 hours later, we got called back because one of the locals thought it would be a good idea to start jumping on the cover of the transformer!
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    I know he was saying lots of extra prayers after that!

    Glad he's okay!




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    Sweet Jesus!!!!

    Ok, and the world wants to know:

    Morning Pride or Leather?????????

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    Wow, wow, wow!

    Ask him to pick some lottery numbers ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalmatian190
    Sweet Jesus!!!!

    Ok, and the world wants to know:

    Morning Pride or Leather?????????
    I was thinking the same thing! lol




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalmatian190
    Sweet Jesus!!!!

    Ok, and the world wants to know:

    Morning Pride or Leather?????????

    I think it was one of these!
    And the spike is made of carbide steel!

    It is good to hear he is ok, and very fortunate. Something tells me the pucker factor was throught the roof on that call.
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    Holy Cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine how the other firefighters felt when they looked through the WS and saw the brother standing!
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    Wow! That would be quite an experience... just wow!

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    Having spent a few winters in Gotham, I can tell you that manhole explosions become pretty routine......that is, until cars start going airborne. Never saw it and never want to.

    I also hear he returned to the hospital with a couple of broken ribs and coughing up blood.

    Feel better Marc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E229Lt
    Having spent a few winters in Gotham, I can tell you that manhole explosions become pretty routine.....
    Damn Riddler..

    I also hear he returned to the hospital with a couple of broken ribs and coughing up blood.

    Feel better Marc.
    Praying for the brother...I'll take broken bones and a little(hopefully)bit of blood vs. death. Take care guys.
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    Hand of god my ***!

    God and his cronies must've been into the hootch, when one of them said;

    Hey Clem, ya wanna see sumthin funny!
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    I want that guy on my hose line when I go into the fire man. I will at least feel safe and guarded.

    I also agree that there would be a change of underwear involved - further substantiating my habit of carrying a change of clothes when I work.
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    Holy crap, i thought that only happened in cartoons!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Has anyone figured out if it was leather or plastic yet? This could MP's new marketing strategy for the Ben II.
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