A Georgia firefighter was captured on video making a dramatic catch after a child was thrown from a burning apartment.
The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department posted video to social media Sunday showing Cpt. Scott Stroup, a third-generation firefighter, catching a child thrown by a parent from a third-floor balcony on Jan. 3.
Stroup then carried the child wrapped in a blanket to safety before collapsing on his knees, video shows.
A camera attached to the helmet of a Dekalb County firefighter shows the moment a fellow firefighter caught a child that was dropped from the third-floor balcony during a rescue at a fire at an apartment complex outside of Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 3.
The fire broke out at the Avondale Forest Apartments and 12 people — including eight children — were rescued, WFAA reported.
“We were catching babies like a football, literally,” Capt. Eric Jackson said at the scene. “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.”
The dramatic catch was captured on helmet video on Jan. 3.
Another fighter, Cpt. Jackie Peckrul, also caught another child.
“That was the only thing running through my mind, ‘Lord, let me catch this baby,’ ” Peckrul told Fox5 Atlanta.