The passerby plumber credited with saving a British tourist's life after a horrific Manhattan taxi crash claimed today that he's been sacked from his job for attracting too much attention.
David Justino, 44, made a tourniquet out of his belt to stop the bleeding from Sian Green's leg when the young woman's foot was severed by a runaway cab on August 20.
Miss Green, 23, today spoke for the first time since the accident and thanked strangers that saved her life. Mr Justino now says he has been punished for this heroism by his employer.
The plumber said he has been laid off with no explanation by his ex-bosses at Bass Plumbing and Heating Corp, of Queens, New York. He believes it is a reaction to his new-found fame.
'I lost my job for saving this girl! All that commotion, my boss had enough of it and decided it would be better to fire me,' a frustrated Mr Justino told the New York Daily News.
The man says he was fired from his foreman's job in the construction of a store at the Rockefeller Center subway station just days after his vital intervention to stop Miss Green bleeding to death.
The British woman lost her leg in the horrific Manhattan accident near where Justino worked and today spoke publicly about the crash for the first time.
Miss Green had to have her left leg amputated after a taxi driver lost control and slammed into her, severing her foot, on Sixth Avenue and 49th Street in Midtown Manhattan five weeks ago.
The aspiring model from Leicester appeared on the Today show and said that if it wasn't for the kindness and quick-thinking of strangers, such as Mr Justino, she wouldn't have survived the crash.