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Brighton Beach hero gets Beep’s “Heroes of the Month” award

A true hero: Garry Danilov was honored to receive the “Heroes of the Month” reward by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Sept. 24 for rescuing car crash victims out of a wreck in Sheepshead Bay back in May. The brave Brooklynite was joined by his wife Marianna and his kids David and Sasha, both 8-years-old.
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He’s one of the borough’s true heroes!

A Brighton Beach man received yet another civic award on Sept. 24 for rescuing a family out of a car crash in Sheepshead Bay last May.

Borough President Adams presented Garry Danilov with the “Hero of the Month” award for May at a Borough Hall ceremony honoring several local heroes. Danilov, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, said it was an honor to receive the award.

“I feel honored and I greatly appreciate the award,” he said.

The father-of-three was on his way to bring a cake to his twins’ birthday party on May 27 when two cars collided at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Avenue W and, without thinking twice about it, Danilov got out of his car and helped the victims in the wreck to safety before the emergency services arrived, according to his wife Marianna.

“He saw a huge accident on Bedford Avenue, there was a whole family in the car, he couldn’t get them out so he broke one of the car windows to get them out,” said the native Brighton Beacher.

The local hero previously received an award from the 61st Precinct for his brave efforts.

The car rescue wasn’t Danilov’s first dangerous encounter. Back in 2014, he was shot during an argument in a Bensonhurst Park.

Marianna said she was very worried about her husband getting into harm’s way on both occasions, but that it is in his nature to help out in emergencies.

“I was very nervous, I was quite upset because we have three kids, 8-year-old twins, David and Sasha, and 3-year-old Izabella. He did that because it’s his personality,” she said, and added that the kids are proud of their dad.

“They’re very proud of him, and they told all their teachers,” Marianna said.

At the Borough Hall ceremony honoring recent “monthly” heroes, the Beep said that the locals he has recognized exemplified the greatness of the borough and the city at large, and called them the tip of the hero iceberg.

“When you look at these stories, they really personify what makes this borough and this city such a great place: extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and going beyond the call of duty to make life better for countless New Yorkers. They’re representative of a larger body of people in our communities who go unnoticed, who extend themselves with their financial and human capital to make a difference,” Adams said in a press release.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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