2010-06-10 / Top Stories

Con Ed Worker From Canarsie Helps Man Struck By Bus

(L. to r.) Sanjay Bose, Con Ed VP, Canarsien Harold Pryor, accident victim John DiSalvo, and Con Ed employees Russo and Caroline Browne (L. to r.) Sanjay Bose, Con Ed VP, Canarsien Harold Pryor, accident victim John DiSalvo, and Con Ed employees Russo and Caroline Browne Imagine a 41,000-pound hulk of rolling steel suddenly barreling toward you as you’re walking to work on a sunny day.

That’s exactly what happened to 19- year-old John DiSalvo when he attempted to cross a midtown street last month.

DiSalvo was walking to his car dealership job, near a Con Edison facility on 42nd Street, just west of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

“The next thing you know we saw this guy get hit by a huge bus,” said Harold Pryor, a substation mechanic from Canarsie, as he recently relived the day along with co-worker John Russo of Staten Island.

“It was very scary,” said Russo.

The young man was struck on a street as he walked near the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel, where 8-foot wide buses dart in and out of the world’s biggest and busiest bus terminal that hosts more than two million buses a year.

“He went down hard, and quickly jumped back up – sort of like a reflex action. He looked a little incoherent to me,” Pryor recalled. The partners rushed to the man’s aid.

“His jeans were torn at the left knee where he was struck and clearly he suffered a bad flesh injury and heavy bruising to his face,” Pryor said.

The Con Ed men carefully sat DiSalvo on a sidewalk curb to prevent further injury to his injured leg.

Russo and Pryor credited their first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as second nature.

By now the normally hectic area near the bus terminal became even more hectic as Port Authority and city police officers, plus EMT crews from the FDNY joined them.

“We just tried really hard to calm him down, but all he was concerned about was his missing cell phone and getting to work,” said Pryor, a 20-year Con Edison veteran. “If John and I didn’t stop him until medical help arrived, he would have tried to walk to work.”

Before DiSalvo was whisked away by ambulance, his co-workers swarmed the Con Edison men with appreciation.

“He was grateful we were there,” said Russo, who has been with Con Edison for nearly five years. “We just wanted to help out the best way we could.”

Staff from DiSalvo’s employer recently thanked Pryor and Russo personally for their heroic efforts.

“Meeting these two guys face-toface was very special,” DiSalvo said of the reunion. “I’m glad they were there for me and willing to jump in and help.”

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