New York — An elderly blind man heard his neighbor’s screams for help yesterday and did not hesitate, rushing into her burning Queens building to try to save her.
James Shackelford, 73, a retired JFK Airport cook blind from diabetes for a dozen years, then became engulfed in flames himself.
Fortunately, he wasn’t the only good Samaritan on hand. Two others, driving down 194th Street in St. Albans on their way back from church just after noon, saw Shackelford stumble out with his clothing on fire and rushed to his assistance.
“It was good he was able to make it out of his house,” said Thomas Brannon Jr., who, with Douglas Davis, rolled Shackelford on the ground to put out the flames.