Two Verizon workers, Tom Prestia and Mike Kroski, who were on their regular route on 13th Ave., stopped and sprang into action.
The two men used a ladder from their truck and helped Altman climb up to safety. An ambulance took him to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was treated for minor cuts and bruises.
Last week, Borough President Eric Adams thanked them and Hatzolah worker Moshe Portigal, who assisted with the rescue, at a ceremony at Borough Hall. Adams praised the men for their bravery, and said without them Altman would not be here today.
“I really want to thank Verizon and the Hatzolah members,” Adams said before presenting each man with a citation. “Their quick thinking and resourcefulness saved Moshe.”
Both Verizon workers thanked everyone and are glad Altman is okay.
“I’m just humbled by this experience,” Prestia said.
Mother Chaya and father Yitshak were extremely grateful and expressed their gratitude. While happy to have their son home and safe, the family wants an investigation into why the manhole was left uncovered.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said there was no work taking place at this location at the time of the incident, and is launching a full investigation into the circumstances .