Albert Audain was lauded as a hero Saturday for rushing Queens toddler Joshua Rodriguez and his mother to the hospital after the boy suffered a seizure.
"I ran out of the house with my baby in my arms," said Joshua's mom, Evelyn Rodriguez, 27, of Woodside. "I had to make it to the hospital."
Audain, a Time Warner Cable repairman, was on the sidewalk heading to his company van Aug. 28 when he heard Rodriguez screaming for help.
Audain skipped company procedure - which says no one except a Time Warner employee can ride in the vehicle - and told Rodriguez to jump in.
"I just put pedal to the metal," said Audain. "It's normally a 10-minute drive from here [to Elmhurst Hospital Center]. I made it in two to three minutes."
Ready, willing & (c)able, repairman comes to the rescue
The good Samaritan and Rodriguez were reunited Saturday for the first time since the incident to celebrate Joshua's third birthday. Rodriguez said her son - an only child who loves cars and baseball - is now in good health.
"When someone needs help, you're supposed to help him," said Audain, who doesn't have any kids of his own. "I don't feel like I'm a hero."