A breathtaking video of the moment a 28-year old man helped save a baby thrown down a burning apartment has gone viral.
The man identified as Phillip Blanks, a former college wide receiver and retired U.S. Marine, is being hailed as a hero after diving to catch a 3-year-old boy who was thrown down from the balcony of a burning third-floor apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, Friday, July 3, 2020.
According to Blanks, he was going for a workout with a friend who lived next door to the apartment when he heard the screaming and quickly rushed to the building to catch a young child he says was “twirling like a helicopter” as he fell through the air.
“People were screaming, ‘There are kids up there’ and to throw the kids down. I saw another guy was standing there ready to catch the boy, but he didn’t look like he was going to do it, so I stepped in front of him.”
Thankfully, he caught the boy and brought him to safety, the news outlet reported.
The toddler and his 8-year-old sister suffered critical injuries but their 30-year-old mother died in the blaze, authorities told the Arizona Republic.
Watch the video below.
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LIFESAVING CATCH: Eyewitness video shows Phillip Blanks – a former college wide receiver – sprint to the scene of a third-floor apartment fire in Phoenix before catching a small child thrown from a balcony; the mother of the child did not survive. https://t.co/CyIuiva87p pic.twitter.com/egzOxE5bFr
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 7, 2020