DeKalb County Firefighter Union Local 1492
An amazing new video of a fire rescue team has surfaced, and the heroic footage has everyone on the internet talking today. In the video, a brave firefighter is seen catching a child who was thrown from the third floor of a burning apartment near Atlanta, Georgia.
On Tuesday night, Capt. Jackie Peckrul rushed to help a frantic mom and dad save their children from a flaming balcony. Being a mother of three herself, Peckrul dashed to the rescue.
"I started going up the ladder," Peckrul told WGCL. "My plan was to actually get up on the balcony with them so that I could help them get on the ladder and have somebody else assist them down. But I got about halfway up there and here comes a baby down to my arms."
Peckrul was climbing up a ladder to meet the parents and their eight children on the third floor, but things escalated quickly, forcing Peckrul to improvise.
"That was the only thing running through my mind: 'Lord, let me catch this baby,'" Peckrul told Fox 5 Atlanta.
The parents also threw one of their older children to Capt. Scott Stroup, who caught the entire jaw-dropping footage on his helmet-cam.
"I don't really feel like a hero. I don't think any of us do. It's our job and we are so fortunate to work for DeKalb County, who prides training and equipment," Peckrul explained to WGCL. "We have a brotherhood here and we work really well together."
See the Dekalb County Fire Rescue Department in action in the video below:
Thankfully, the family — as well as 80 other residents — escaped the fire unscathed. What a miracle!