Firefighter Catches Baby Dropped From Burning Building In Dramatic Footage
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A hero firefighter caught a baby after he was dropped from a burning building as his family desperately tried to get him from danger.
Robert Sutton, from Georgia, USA, said that he 'didn't stop to think' when he saw the baby in the window. The child's father was shouting for attention and dangling the baby out of the smoke-filled room, reports the Independent.
"His dad was holding him out the window, yelling for help. I just went into action & did what any of these guys would have done." -R.Sutton pic.twitter.com/YFgGTiqTmJ
- Portia Bruner (@PortiaFOX5) 19 April 2017
The firefighter, who has been on the job for over ten years with the DeKalb County force, was one of the first on the scene after the blaze erupted in an apartment complex.
Speaking to Fox 5 Atlanta, he said: "He was a little guy, so when I heard his father yelling 'Help', and saw him hanging out the window with the baby in his arms, I just went into action,
"I just did what any of the other firefighters out here would have done."
He added: "I just said 'Drop him.' He did and I am blessed to have been in a position to catch the baby. It was my first time in a situation like that."
The video shows Sutton standing beneath the window, surrounded by smoke, with his arms ready to catch the child. He catches him and pulls him close to his chest, before running away from the smoke and getting the child to safety.
Eyewitness Larry Carter, a plumber, was working nearby when the fire broke out. He said: "It was a remarkable sight to see something like that. They were on it,
"All of a sudden you heard a man screaming. When I heard there was a baby, my heart started fluttering. But the firefighters [got] up to the window fast and the one guy just caught it like a football pass. It was something to see."
Robert Sutton's quick-thinking didn't go unnoticed by his boss, Captain Tom Burrell. He said: "I just hope that this helps people understood the hard work and training that goes into being a firefighter,
"There's not really one thing that prepares you for what Firefighter Sutton and his colleagues encountered yesterday. It's good training. It's years of experience and having a good sense of situational awareness. I'm just really proud."
The father and the baby were both okay following the incident.
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