A community in the Bronx is mourning the loss of a hero teen who died after rushing up to the 14th floor of a burning building to rescue a 3-year-old girl.
Lucas Silverio, 19, was awakened early Sunday morning by a fire racing through his building in the Belmont section.
The fire had broken out on June 9 in the contractor room of the building at 725 Garden Street.
His family says the teen and his cousin, Jeury Mendoza, were carrying their grandmother down 15 floors when Lucas heard the cries of Yasleen’s mom, Jasmine Moreno, from above.
“Lucas says, ‘Bro, take grandma downstairs, I’m going to check on the girl,’” Silverio’s second cousin, Jesse Alvarez, told New York Daily News.
Silverio ran back up the stairs and found that the baby got separated from her mother in the panic and chaos.
He pulled the kid from danger and brought her to firefighters and EMTs. But risk still existed.
Yasleen had also sustained burns to more than 80 percent of her body and was suffering from smoke inhalation. She died a day later. Lucas, like the little girl, suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body and died two days later on June 12.
Firefighters took two hours to get the blaze under control, according to reports. The fire is still being investigated but it does not seem suspicious, officials said.
“He was a wonderful human being,” Jesse Alvarez said of his second cousin. “A heart of gold. His heart was the size, it couldn’t fit in his body.”
Mendoza, who was burned, described Silverio’s bravery.
“He didn’t care about his own life in that moment,” he said, speaking through a translator. “He cared about saving that girl, who was so innocent. He’s a hero in my eyes.”
Yasleen’s mother, Jasmine Moreno, calls the boy a hero.
“My heart is heavy for both my daughter and the kid who saved her,” she told the New York Daily News. “He’s a hero, saved my daughter without even … my condolences. I’m going to keep them in my prayers.”
“Of course he tried his best. I applaud him. He died bravely,” Yasleen’s uncle, 22-year-old Luis Moreno, said Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page had been set up to help Silverio’s family with medical bills.