Seventy-two-year-old Ronnie Poe is nursing a bruised heel, but his heart is full of praise and appreciation for longtime neighbors who stood underneath his Bronx apartment Thursday afternoon and caught him when he jumped to escape flames engulfing his kitchen.
The chaos started when he was cooking and a fire erupted.
Trapped in his bedroom, Poe went for the only available exit – the window.
Alaam Thomas was amongst the group that scrambled to rescue their neighbor, urging him to grab onto a cable wire and channel his former training in the military.
Poe, a firefighter and a third person were treated at the scene for minor injuries.