Phillip Blanks, 28 yrs old former college wide receiver and retired U.S Marine, was filmed in a heart-stopping video diving to catch a 3-year-old boy that was dropped from the balcony of a burning third-floor apartment in Phoenix, Arizona.
“People were screaming, ‘There are kids up there’ and to throw the kids down,” Blanks, who was a wide receiver at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan and later joined the Marines said “I saw another guy was standing there ready to catch the boy, but he didn’t look like he was going to do it, so I stepped in front of him.”
Blanks said he actually was going for a workout with a friend who lived next door to the apartment, but rushed to the building when he heard the screaming and quickly rushed to catch the young child he says was “twirling like a helicopter” as he fell through the air.
The former college wide receiver caught the boy and brought him to safety. The toddler and his 8-year-old sister suffered critical injuries, but their 30-year-old mother died in the blaze, authorities told the Arizona Republic.
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