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Steven Ciccone has been baking since he was 9 years old and is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York. He made a name for himself by creating theatrical, intricately designed cakes, but now he'll also be known for his heroic acts during the tragic Metro-North train crash.
Ciccone, a celebrity pastry chef with cerebral palsy, was riding the train when it derailed at a bend in the track. He was injured, but ignored his own pain to help those around him, including Dr. Denise Williams.
"I was seated in my seat near the window," said Williams, a 55-year-old dentist. "It was going fast… what I felt was a derailment, and I felt this noise - a bumpy, bumpy noise."
She fractured her spine in the crash. Before help could arrive, Ciccone came to her side to make sure she was okay.
"I just spoke to her and held her hand asked her what was wrong," Ciccone told CBS 2 from his hospital bed. "She asked, 'You know, could you do something for my head? Could you make it more comfortable? I was crocheting a scarf and I had a ball of yarn, so I used the ball of yarn to support underneath her neck like a pillow."
He went around the train, helping those who needed immediate aid. He later checked on Williams at the hospital, and even spent time comforting her family.
Ciccone doesn't think what he's done is anything extraordinary, but Williams' family begs to differ. Said one of her relatives, "I think he's a hero."