While on collection duty, Sanitation Workers Judge and Ruocco smelled smoke and saw flames coming from a nearby three-family house. Stopping the truck, they ran up to the house and attempted to enter, but the flames kept them back. They saw Mrs.Madona Rosenfeld on the smoldering roof of her home. She had crawled out of her window and onto the roof to avoid the flames inside the house. People in the neighborhood did not react to the emergency. Thinking quickly, Sanitation Workers Judge and Ruocco got a ladder from a house. They climbed the ladder and guided Mrs. Rosenfeld down to safety.