Marc Manfro had already risked his life before as an NYPD officer, inhaling toxic air for months guarding the post-9/11 World Trade Center site and helping with recovery efforts.
Now working as a security consultant, his sense of duty hasn’t wavered. On his way to the beach Sunday morning, Manfro — the father of UCLA running back Steve Manfro — turned from the 405 onto the 10-West and saw a woman standing in the middle of the freeway facing 70 mile-per-hour traffic.
From the Daily News’ Brenda Gazzar:
“What dawns at me when I see that is in all likelihood I’m going to see this poor woman get killed,” Manfro, 51, said in a telephone interview Monday. “I didn’t know how she got into this predicament. I never saw anything like that in my life. …Even though it’s a million-to-one shot, I said I’m going to see if I can do something about this.”
Manfro said he put his hazard lights on and came to a stop about a couple of car lengths from the woman. He then parked his car partly on the freeway’s right shoulder and partly in the far right lane.
He managed to get more cars to stop next to his, setting up a partial barrier on the 10 near Bundy Drive. With the farthest right lanes blocked, he rushed into the center lane, grabbing the woman and carrying her to safety as she protested: “You’re not God!” He held her down on the freeway shoulder to keep her out of harm until California Highway Patrol arrived.
The woman, 42, gave a Los Angeles address and was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Her name was not released.
CHP officer Karina Munoz said it takes “a certain kind of person” to try and save someone else in that manner. Manfro said he had worked a number of rescues through his 17 years with the NYPD, including saving a homeless man who had been set on fire by two teens in 1989.