The firefighter said: “I just did what any of the other firefighters out here would have done.’
It happened in a flash. A father in Georgia, desperate to save his child from the smoke and the flames quickly filling his apartment, he shook his baby from the second floor of a burning building.
Fortunately, DeKalb County firefighter Robert Sutton, who was among the first firefighters to arrive at the Parks in Glenwood, caught the baby in a fast motion.
“He was a small man, so when I heard that his father to shout ‘Help’, and I 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,” Sutton told Fox 5’s Portia Burner Wednesday.
“I just said, ‘Drop him.’ He did it and I am blessed to be in a position to catch the baby,” said Sutton, who grew up, not far from the Glenwood Road apartment complex. “It was my first time in a situation like that,” said Sutton.
Plumber Larry Carter recorded the rescue on his mobile phone. Carter and other contractors were busy with renovations at the building next door when the fire broke out. He stopped the recording of the fire as the smoke began billowing from the windows.
Captain Tom Burrell was visibly moved as he watching the video of the rescue with a Burner.
“I hope that this helps people understand the hard work and training that goes into being a firefighter,” Burrell said as he stood in front of the burnt building Wednesday. “There’s not really a thing that prepares you for what Firefighter Sutton and his colleagues encountered yesterday. It is a good workout. It is years of experience and having a good sense of situational awareness. I’m just very proud,” he added.
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