American Firefighter Catches Toddler Dropped From Balcony During Raging Fire (Video)
In a heart-stopping scene of Georgia’s fireman catching a child dropped by a parent who was climbing down a ladder from an apartment (which was under fire) was captured on another fire man’s helmet camera. The high definition video of the incident which was posted on social media by DeKalb County firefighters union showcased how successfully catch was made by third generation firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup. Stroup later ran over flames on the ground to safety and collapsed on his knees.”We were catching babies like a football – literally,” fire Capt. Eric Jackson told reporters at the scene of the fire.
“There were adults that were on the balcony that were dropping their babies right into our arms. We had a couple fire-fighters catching babies, so it was just really incredible.” Peckrul, Stroup, and other firemen are being hailed as saviors and heroes after rescuing a number of people, including one in a wheelchair. “The only thing running through my mind was, “Lord, let me catch this baby”,’”Peckrul told WAGA-TV. “I can’t imagine the fear that the mom was facing. I was thinking about her child first.’
“I heard the screams” at the 2.5 alarm fire at an apartment complex earlier this month, DeKalb County assistant fire chief Jeff Crump told reporters. “Quickly they got that ladder up to that third-floor balcony and got them down.” “We don’t encounter that pretty often. Obviously, the parents trusted us enough to drop their children to our captains. And they made the catch,” Crump added. Around 12 people were injured in the blaze including eight children but no deaths were reported.Nearly 80 people were evacuated after the fire incident and were transported to safety by MARTA bus.