A New York City firefighter is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a 3-week-old baby boy during a fire in Queens.
FDNY Lt. Adam Vilagos pulled the child out of his crib, located in the burning home’s attic in Corona, Queens, according to the New York Daily News. The blaze erupted at the home at around 9:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 17.
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The child, named by family as Sunjay Headley Jr., had to breathe aid of an oxygen machine after the fire. He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
The child is expected to survive, the Daily News reported.
When Vilagos arrived on the scene, the baby’s parents were yelling, “there’s a baby in the attic!”
He notice a narrow stairway on the second floor of the home and saw smoke filling the attic. He sprinted up the stairs and heard the child crying, but the infant was struggling to breathe, he added. He felt around in the smoke-filled room until he brushed up against the child’s leg.
He then grabbed the child and took him downstairs before handing him off to EMS workers.
“He’s doing good. They’re going to keep him overnight for observation,” said Lisa Brown, 56, the boy’s grandmother.
“They did a heroic job. They came through. Thank God for them,” the grandmother said of the firefighters.
Vilagos, who is the nephew of FDNY Commission Daniel Nigro, told DNAInfo: “I heard very faint noises, the baby was making very faint noises. I reached in, I felt the baby and I just grabbed him and took off.”
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After handing the baby off, he rushed back into the house to put out the fire, he said.
Upon hearing people call him a hero, he credited the FDNY.
“I don’t know if hero’s the right word, it’s just what we do,” he said.
Fire victim Therin Pressley recalls the blaze.
“It was horrible, it was crazy, it was ridiculous,” Pressley told CBS-2. “It looked like the ceiling was burning… I was trying to put out the fire, I was running back upstairs trying to throw water on it and then my sister screamed that the baby was in the attic.”