A DeKalb County, Ga., firefighter was among the first firefighters to arrive at the scene of an apartment fire when flames and smoke were engulfing the apartment’s occupants.
Firefighter Robert Sutton heard a father screaming for help and feels blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.
“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,” Sutton told Fox 5 News Wednesday. “I just said ‘Drop him.’ He did, and I am blessed to have been 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,” Sutton tells Fox 5.
Fox 5 reports construction crews were doing renovations on the building next door when the fire erupted.
“It was a remarkable sight to see something like that. They were on it,” Plumber Larry Carter, who recorded the rescue on his cell phone, tells Fox 5.
Carter stopped to record the fire as the smoke started billowing from the windows.
“All of a sudden you heard a man screaming. When I heard there was a baby, my heart started fluttering. But the firefighters were up to the window fast, and the one guy just caught it like a football pass. It was something to see,” Carter told Fox 5.
The Fire Captain was visibly moved as he watched his firefighter make the remarkable grab on video.
“I just hope that this helps people understood the hard work and training that goes into being a firefighter,” Captain Tom Burrell told Fox 5 as he stood in front of the burned building Wednesday. “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,” he added.
Sutton, who is father of two, young children himself, is reluctant to take credit for the life-saving catch. He tells Fox 5 it just comes down to good training, great fellow firefighters and shared commitment to helping people in distress.
“I grew up in this community, and it’s just an honor to be able to help people here and work with the great guys I work with,” Sutton tells Fox 5. “We do this together, and I’m just happy and blessed to be able to help that father and his baby. It’s our job, said Sutton, who’s been firefighter for 10 years. “I’m just glad they were both okay,” he said.
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