It could’ve been bad, really bad. But, thanks to a firefighter and a split-second decision, an amazing rescue took place.
Can you imagine? You are crouched in a window three stories above the ground, holding the love of your life as flames rage at your back?
Your options: wait for help or drop your grandson to what could be his death.
Firefighters and police on the ground are screaming for you to drop your beloved grandbaby into their arms. There is no safety net.
Could you do it? Could you just let go?
Herbert and Judith Lamb broke a window and realized they had to drop their 6-year-old grandson, Xavier, if he was to make it out alive.
Lieutenant Glenn McGillivray said it was a scary scene and he was glad he made it to the fire when he did. “She’s hanging on inside the window so she doesn’t fall out, and he was petrified as to if he was gonna fall, so thankfully we got there in time to get underneath him and catch him,” McGillivray said.
“I had to drop him out the window,” Judith Lamb told The Boston Globe. “The firemen caught him.”
As MSNBC reports, McGillivray, caught the 6-year-old boy who was dropped from the third floor of a burning apartment building early Monday.
“Thankfully he landed in my arms and that’s a good feeling,” Lieutenant Glenn McGillivray says.
Firefighters rescued at least 15 people, including 6-year-old Xavier, who was on the third floor of the building with grandparents Herbert and Judith Lamb, who said they were awakened by an explosion and smoke.
More than 24 apartments are destroyed and nearly 100 people are homeless with damage estimated at $3 million. Police believe 28-year-old Mohamed Abdul Jabar tried to start the fire as part of a suicide attempt. He was transferred to the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he’s being treated for second-degree burns to his arms, hands and face, but police believe he will survive. He’s been charged with with arson and multiple counts of attempted murder.
God bless all firefighters everywhere. Here is NBC’s report, which includes the firefighter, the rescued boy and a very grateful grandmother: