INTERNATIONAL: Elevator hero wished woman ‘Happy New Year’ before being crushed to death

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INTERNATIONAL: Elevator hero wished woman ‘Happy New Year’ before being crushed to death

elevatorNEW YORK DAILY NEWS – A 25-year-old man ​wished “Happy New Year” to a woman just before he saved her life by shoving her from a faulty elevator that suddenly took a plunge — but the brave act cost him his own life, witnesses said.

Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was in the crowded elevator at 131 Broome St. ​on Manhattan’s Lower East Side ​when Erudi Sanchez, 43, who lives in the building, ste​​pped inside around 11:45 p.m. with her 10-year-old nephew to throw out trash.

“When I got into the elevator, I felt it dropping and I thought my feet would get caught in the gap but the man pushed me out and said, ‘Happy New Year,’” Sanchez told The Post on Friday in Spanish.

But suddenly, the malfunctioning ​elevator dropped farther and Brown’s body was caught between ​it and the third floor, Sanchez said.

“I saw he was trapped and the elevator was crushing him. It was awful,” she said.

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  1. Greater love than this have no man than this, to lay his life for his friend. The ultimate act of love. peace be with you by brother.

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