Firefighter recalls dramatic rescue of mother and child

Patrick Callahan reunited with the 5-year-old boy and his mother after rescuing them from their third-floor home when a fire broke out


By FireRescue1 Staff

BOSTON — A firefighter reunited with a 5-year-old and his mother after saving them from a two-alarm fire that broke out in their home.

NBC Boston reported that firefighter Patrick Callahan, who was filmed rescuing the boy as his mother passed him through a third-floor window, said he’s “speechless” after reuniting with the family.

"When I saw him, we just did our best as a team to get them out safely," Callahan recalled about the rescue.

“I was just trying to console him as best as I could, his mother was still up in the window, you know that could have been horrific,” Callahan added, according to FOX25 Boston.

 
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The boy’s mother, Marilyn Abad, said the 5-year-old was the one who noticed the fire and alerted her.

"I really don’t know what happened," she said. "I was in the third floor cooking with my son. My son is the one that noticed it. He told me 'Mommy, there's smoke on the window.'"

Callahan was thrilled to see the boy again, and said the outcome of the incident could have been completely different in just a matter of minutes.

"He was nervous last night," Callahan said. "All he wanted was his mom. Seeing him today, like this, I’m speechless. It’s nice to see what a good outcome this is, the way that it was.”

"I'm not a hero by any means, that's crazy. It was just my day,” Callahan added. “The guy to the left and right of me, they would have done the same thing.”

Abad and her son were treated for smoke inhalation, but are otherwise OK.

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