A fast-acting Georgia firefighter caught a baby that a desperate father dropped out of the second story window of a burning building.
Firefighter Robert Sutton was among the first DeKalb County firefighters to arrive on the scene of an apartment fire in the Glenwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday when he heard a man shouting from above.
'He was a little guy, so when I heard his father yelling "Help," and saw him hanging out the window with the baby in his arms, I just went into action. I just did what any of the other firefighters out here would have done,' Sutton told Fox 5 Atlanta.
'I just said "Drop him." He did and I am blessed to have been in a position to catch the baby.'
Sutton, who grew up near the apartment complex, added that, 'It was my first time in a situation like that.'
In the video, Sutton — a 10-year DeKalb County firefighter veteran — can be seen enveloped in grey smoke, standing underneath the window waiting for the baby to fall. Behind him, a second firefighter rushes over to act as backup.
Once the baby lands in Sutton's arms, he pauses for a second to cradle the child to his chest and then hurries to get the baby away from the smoke.
'It was a remarkable sight to see something like that. They were on it,' master plumber Larry Carter told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Carter, who filmed Sutton's quick-thinking act, was working on the building next to the one that caught fire.
'All of a sudden you heard a man screaming. When I heard there was a baby, my heart started fluttering. But the firefighters [got] up to the window fast and the one guy just caught it like a football pass. It was something to see,' Carter said.
After watching the video of Sutton catching the baby, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Captain Tom Burrell said, 'There's not really one thing that prepares you for what Firefighter Sutton and his colleagues encountered yesterday. It's good training. It's years of experience and having a good sense of situational awareness. I'm just really proud.'
Sutton attributed the well-timed catch to his training and the commitment he and his fellow firefighters have towards helping people.
'I grew up in this community and it's just an honor to be able to help people here and work with the great guys I work with,' Sutton said.
'We do this together and I'm just happy and blessed to be able to help that father and his baby. It's our job.
'I'm just glad they were both OK,' he added.