Video: Man rescues boy from burning building

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    >>> finally now, a good samaritan is being hailed as a hero in new york after helping firefighters rescue a 4-year-old boy from a burning building on wednesday. the man carried the boy down the fire escape , as you see there, and gave onlookers a thumbs up when the child started breathing again. he's in stable condition this morning. at 7:11, it's a nice story to end with. let's now go back to meredith, matt and al.

    >> i was listening to a story this morning that said when he was a young boy in romania, his family was caught in a fire and i think he may have saved a sister. he may have lost a parent in that fire. so this is a man for a second time being involved with this. just had to do what he could.

    >> a selfless act.

    >> good story.

    >> thank goodness that boy's going to be okay.

updated 10/1/2009 7:59:07 PM ET 2009-10-01T23:59:07

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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