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New York, NY Fire Hydrant Accident, Aug 1921


Gets Trapped Reaching for Penny----Firemen to Rescue.

Firemen worked for half an hour yesterday in releasing Bernard Gates, seven years off, of 22 Ludlow Street, who had caught his arm in a fire hydrant in Ludlow Street by reaching for a penny which a companion had thrown aside.

A blacksmith in the vicinity worked vainly for about and hour trying to extricate the lad's arm, and finally the firemen were sent for. They were able to release him only after the hydrant had been loosened and lifted from the pavement. Several hundred people witnessed the rescue.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Aug 1921

article | by Dr. Radut