AQUICK-THINKING fireman who used holy water to wash out acid hurled into a bus driver's eyes was credited by doctors with saving the driver's eyesight.
Deputy Chiet Perry Peterson of the New York tire department's third division said he was summoned to a closed bus in which a man and woman were struggling, "then this guy opened the door and came running out screaming in pain."
"He kept screaming. 'She threw acid on me . I'm blind'," Peter
son said. "I looked for water and saw the church (St. Francis of Assisi) and kind of dragged and led him there. The first thing I saw was the holy font, so I washed his face and eyes in it."
Peterson then took the bus driver, Bernard Frize, to a fire station house where the burns were washed more thoroughly. Doctors said later that Frize was badly burned about the face and hands, hut credited Peterson with saving his eyesight.