SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers resident Cesar Callan escaped uninjured in lower Manhattan on Monday when a passerby warned him that his 2007 Audi S4 convertible was on fire.
Callan jumped from the car and tried to extinguish the flames with water supplied by a nearby hot dog vendor, to no avail.
Luckily, New York City Police and Firefighters were already in the area, so they quickly responded, dispersed onlookers and doused the flames. “Within five minutes, my life was back to normal,” Callan said. He said he had no idea what started the car fire, but suspects there was something flammable in the street.
“It turned out,” he continued, “that the cops and firemen were there so fast because they’d been at the Barclay Parking Garage, where I usually park my car. They were responding to a call that an attendant had been killed by an SUV that fell on him while he was operating a lift. This beautiful man, Victor Vizcaino, would greet me almost every day, and in those few moments in the morning and evening he made me feel like a real friend.
“You really can’t take anything or anyone for granted,” Callan added. “In this season of Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for all those around us – friends, neighbors, strangers and public servants – who make our lives so wonderful.”