Firefighters are trained to do everything they can to save those who are in danger. Even if it involves unorthodox methods, the goal is to save as many people as they can.
In early January, firefighters were called to a fire at an apartment complex in Decatur, Georgia.
According to WSB-TV, 45 firefighters arrived to battle the flames; this was a fire they couldn’t take lightly.
At one point, a family with eight children was stuck on a higher floor of the complex, prompting firefighters to use ladders to reach them.
The father of the family was helping them, as he’s seen from a firefighter’s helmet camera at the very top at one of the ladders going up to the higher floors.
As the fire raged on, the father was able to come out onto the ladder with one of his daughters.
Given how high the ladders were, the firefighters thought it would’ve taken too much time and would’ve been too much of a risk to have the father bring down the girl via the ladder.
Then, one of the firefighters yelled, “Toss the baby down!”
One of the Captains, Scott Stroup, looked up at the father and screamed, “Just drop ’em!”
And that’s what he did.
The toddler was dropped by her father, right into the arms of Captain Stroup.
The girl was caught upside down, but caught successfully nonetheless. Stroup then ran her away from the fire off to safety, though he twisted his knee in the process.
“The original plan was to get up on the balcony with him to assist him,” Captain Jackie Peckrul said. But seeing how the risk paid off, the plan they had was changed on the fly.
With Stroup catching one of the children, the other captains followed suit.
“We were catching babies like a football – literally,” Captain Eric Jackson told CBS News.
Captain Peckrul ended up catching a different child — a four-week-old baby boy.
Because of the firefighters’ and the father’s actions, the whole family was saved, as none of them sustained any serious injuries.
The severity of the fire was something that they couldn’t prepare for, but the fire department used quick thinking to save these children’s lives. A change of plans was required, and because of it, both the family and the firefighters were able to come out of this unscathed.