Bronx sanitation worker honored for his heroic effort to save two kids
One Bronx sanitation worker not only helps keep the streets clean, he also helps save lives.
Bronx native Rocco Siclari, 47, has worked for the Department of Sanitation for more than 20 years. While on his lunch break one day on Arthur Avenue he noticed a women get out of her car and go to the telephone. That's when he saw someone jump in her car and drive off. He says the woman began screaming, "my babies, my babies," and that's when he jumped into action.
Siclari jumped into his sanitation SUV and began chasing the car. He eventually was able to block the suspect from driving any further, prompting the individual to take off on foot. Siclari immediately called police and the suspect was caught.
Thanks to his heroic efforts the two kids were reunited with their mother. Siclari says as a father of three girls he was so happy the children were safe.
Mayor Bloomberg honored Siclari's quick thinking by presenting him with a gold medal of honor and a medal of valor.
Siclari says he hopes to see the woman and her two kids again to see how they are doing.