Firefighter Catching Child Dropped from Burning Building Looks Like a Movie

A helmet camera captured the heroic catch.

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Earlier this month, parents trapped in a burning apartment building in DeKalb County, Georgia, were forced to throw their children three stories to the ground. Luckily, firefighters were there to catch them. Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution​, the Avondale Forest Apartments were ablaze on Jan. 3. When firefighters showed up, the adults on the third floor gave them little time to prepare a ladder for rescue, and instead began tossing their children over the balcony before jumping over themselves.  

According to firefighters, the children were as young as 1-month-old. In the video above, Captain Scott Stroup is seen catching a toddler like he's practiced it a thousand times. In a way, he had.

"We were catching babies like a football—literally," Stroup's colleague Captain Eric Jackson told AJC

Captain Jackie Peckrul, a mother of triplets, caught the infant. She initially planned to erect a ladder to rescue the children, but the parents acted quicker. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Peckrul looked up and saw a baby wrapped in a blanket, falling down toward her.

"That was the only thing running through my mind: 'Lord, let me catch this baby,'" said Peckrul.

In addition to the heroic rescue of the children, firefighters also knocked down a door to save a wheelchair-bound woman. Overall, eight children and four adults were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, most attributed to smoke inhalation. ​AJC reports that the fire displaced close to 80 people. 

No word yet on how the blaze began, but thank goodness it ended in the best way possible.

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