Fire Hero Pops the Question on Live TV

Thursday, Oct 1, 2009  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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Amazing Rescue Caught on Tape

Horia Cretan in full hero mode.

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Amazing Rescue Caught on Tape

Quick thinking by a man in the Bronx, may have saved a young boy's life. Dramatic video shows a man jumping into action as flames engulf an apartment building in Parkchester. The man says he heard the boy's screams... and immediately ran to the rescue. He used the fire escape to get to the fourth floor to save a child who was nearly overcome by smoke. The boy is in serious, but stable condition this hour. The good samaritan owns the store across the street.
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A Good Samaritan, shown on video dramatically rescuing a child from a Bronx fire, has moved on to another great moment: proposing marriage on live television.
    
Horia Cretan got down on one knee Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." The woman, identified only as "Desiree," said yes. Cretan slipped a ring on her finger.
    
Moments earlier, Cretan recalled being in his store Wednesday and hearing "desperate screams."

He rushed outside, saw "waves of smoke" billowing from a fourth-floor window and used a ladder to get to the fire escape.
    
A firefighter handed him a limp, unconscious 4-year-old. Using a curtain as a shield from falling debris, Cretan carried the boy to safety.
    
The child is expected to survive.

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