TEEN SAVED COP ON 9/11
Thu Aug 8, 2:40 AM ET
By RITA DELFINER
Dust blinded NYPD Sgt. Gerard Kane and choked
off his air as he wandered weak and disoriented
near the World Trade Center after the first tower
collapsed Sept. 11.
"Like many, I was sure I was going to
die," he said. An aide to then-NYPD
Commissioner Bernard Kerik, Kane had been sent to
find New York FBI ( news - web sites) head Barry
Mawn, who was OK. Kane was near Church Street when
the tower fell. Suddenly, he felt a hand on his
arm and a voice say, "You can't be out here.
Just come with me.
" The helping hand belonged to Jonathan
Stewart, a then 17-year-old high school senior who
had gone to the area "to help." He had
left his safe refuge at nearby St. Peter's Church
to rescue a stranger. "He ran into danger
rather than running away," said Christine
Dooley, assistant principal of the Lower Manhattan
Outreach Center, who nominated the
"fantastic" teen for The Post's Courage
That morning, Stewart was on his way to the
alternative high school on West Houston Street,
about 13 blocks north of the Twin Towers, when he
heard that two planes had crashed into the towers.
The teen, who last summer took the FDNY Emergency
Medical Technician program, kept walking downtown.
He said he ran into the church at Barclay and
Church Streets after the first tower came down.
"We could see [Kane] from the inside,"
he recalled. Someone said. "Someone has to go
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