‘We were catching babies like footballs’: MUST-SEE video of firefighter rescuing young child in Decatur, GA

Helmet cam footage shared to Facebook has gone viral after it showed a firefighter catching a young child that was thrown from a 3rd floor balcony during an apartment fire in Decatur, GA:

Extraordinary moment as a firefighter catches a young child thrown from the third-story balcony of a burning building. Twelve people in all were saved from the fire. https://t.co/H15qjWYwZI pic.twitter.com/cwtqrJuTVp


“Third generation DCFR firefighter Captain Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night,” the department posted on Facebook

According to reports, the fire occurred on January 3 at the Avondale Forest apartments. More than one child was thrown to the firefighters from the balconies, including one as young as one-month old:

DeKalb firefighters were catching babies (young as 1 month old) as parents dropped from balconies during apt fire. Also rescued adults, including one in wheelchair. All minor injuries to dozen taken to hospital pic.twitter.com/9tR8etl0g1

— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) January 3, 2018

One firefighter described it like catching footballs:

‘We were catching babies like footballs’ ‘ DeKalb apartment fire leaves 12 injured: https://t.co/3LS2Z8qq0z via @YouTube

8 adults and 4 children were injured in the blaze:

BREAKING: 8 children 4 adults injured in dekalb fire all non-life threatening I’m live at 745a @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/Z7mXgTa6I1

— Daniel Wilkerson (@WilkersonCBS46) January 3, 2018


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−+ Seeker • 6 days ago

NFL [insert favorite team] receiver would have dropped her then complain there was no flag.

see more4 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ Seeker • 6 days ago

Or took a knee.

Thank GOD they are no longer allowed to "spike" in the end-zone, s’all I’m sayin’…

see more15 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ moodydon Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ • 6 days ago

and unlike some NFL receivers, they ‘caught everything’ tossed their way… for a lot less money… !!

see more4 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ • 6 days ago

SO glad we have brave men like this out there…

see more15 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! • 6 days ago

Just listening to the fear in the voices from the victims…. the children crying… my God… (wipes tears)

see more6 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ almarquardt • 6 days ago

I’m so glad no one died or was seriously hurt.

see more5 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Deplorable Me – NLJR • 6 days ago

Everyday heroes walk among us and quietly go about their business, while the political loons yap about how heroic "they" are for "Resisting" or saying, "Me too!"

God bless our brave men and women who do the work that could save your life, while ending theirs. True heroes don’t need to seek recognition.

see more12 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ CVN65 • 6 days ago

Strong work. Love to buy all you guys a round.

see more9 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ SouthTexas • 6 days ago

Fine job gentlemen!

see more5 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ D H • 6 days ago

Upon further review, the call on the field stands – that was one HELL OF A catch

see more5 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Here we go • 6 days ago

Big difference. These men doh”t take a knee.

see more5 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Conan Drum • 6 days ago

Masculinity is good.

see more4 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ FlushRyan • 6 days ago

Forget SJW, could MLK have been more proud than diverse group of firefighters rescuing fellow citizens on a day in his honor?

The best of the best were in uniforms yesterday, doing more for race relations than the agitators ever will.

see more3 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ AntiBimboDiva • 6 days ago

God bless the firefighters. They along with other first responders don’t get enough love and respect for what they do.

see more1 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Paul V • 6 days ago

We have our local volunteer fire fighters who put in hours and hours of training on their own time with very little compensation. New Years Eve a farm house a mile east of me burned due to an electrical problem. Volunteer firemen from three towns and a pro firemen from one town came out in -28 degree weather and worked for five to six hours with pumps malfunctioning other equipement problems due to the extreme cold. Some were there from 10:15 PM until 4:30 AM and won’t receive more than the gratitude of the displace homeowners. None of the family was injured and had a place to go even if it isn’t home.

see more2 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied • 6 days ago

Great. Just wait for government to screw up the story with "upon further review" in the replay booth by CPS and OSHA.

see more0 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Doc • 6 days ago

Heroes also wear heavy jackets and boots!

see more0 •Share ›TwitterFacebook−+ Iseenothing • 6 days ago

I was going to comment on how brave our first responders are but it looks like I am late to the party. Well said everyone.

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