Fire officials in Killeen, Texas, are looking for a good Samaritan who heroically caught a baby dropped two stories from a burning apartment building early Monday morning.
The harrowing ordeal took place around 3:45 a.m. and left a mother in one of the most inconceivable of circumstances.
With firefighters not yet on the scene, raging flames separated the mother from an exit. So, she looked out of the window and miraculously saw someone willing and able to catch her child.
Without much time to spare, the desperate mom dropped the baby safely into the arms of this stranger.
Killeen Fire Chief James Kubinski told KWKT-TV that this mysterious person — whom they have not yet located — deserves to be honored for the brave act.
“It was a controlled drop from a second floor window down to somebody with arms out-stretched,” Kubinski said. “It still is the fact that they were willing to save somebody’s baby for them.”
The fire chief was also impressed by the mother’s brave, split-second decision.
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“I don’t care if it was three inches or three feet,” Kubinski continued. “The second you release that baby, to not know what your fate is going to be has got to be the most difficult decision you have to make in that situation.”
Once the mom got outside, the good Samaritan returned the child and apparently went on his or her way. The mom and baby went to the hospital but are expected to be fine, according to KCEN-TV.
Firefighters want to find the hero so they can award him or her for the courageous and life-saving act.
Kubinski said it’s one thing for a trained firefighter to make a life-saving decision, but it’s something else for someone who might not have that preparation to step in and help in such a heroic way.
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