Watch: Amid raging apartment fire, child tossed from three stories up — and into firefighter’s arms

Watch: Amid raging apartment fire, child tossed from three stories up — and into firefighter’s arms
Dramatic helmetcam video shows the moment a desperate man tossed a child from three stories up during a raging apartment fire in Georgia — and into the arms of Capt. Scott Stroup, a firefighter from the DeKalb County Fire Department. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Dramatic helmetcam video shows the moment a desperate man tossed a child from three stories up during a raging apartment fire in Georgia — and into the arms of Capt. Scott Stroup, a firefighter from the DeKalb County Fire Department.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

The fire occurred before dawn Jan. 3 at the Avondale Forest Apartments, WXIA-TV reported, adding that 12 people were injured — eight of whom were children.

“We were catching babies like a football — literally,” Capt. Eric Jackson said, CBS News reported. “There were adults that were on the balcony that were dropping their babies right into our arms. We had a couple firefighters catching babies, so it was just really incredible.”

Capt. Jackie Peckrul, a mother of triplets, caught one of those babies.

Peckrul got a ladder to rescue the family’s eight children, WAGA-TV reported, but when she looked up she saw a baby wrapped in a blanket — and falling.

“That was the only thing running through my mind… ‘Lord, let me catch this baby,'” Peckrul told WAGA.

“My hands came off the ladder, and I got ’em,” she added.

Capt. Jackie Peckrul (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
Capt. Jackie Peckrul (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

But Peckrul is brushing off the accolades.

“I don’t really feel like a hero,” she told WGCL. “I don’t think any of us do. It’s our job …”

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