D.C. firefighter catches baby dropped from second story of burning building
Hours earlier, a probationary D.C. Fire and EMS firefighter rescued a woman from an apartment fire
By Leila Merrill
WASHINGTON — Members of D.C. Fire and EMS made two dramatic rescues on Sunday.
Late Sunday, a veteran firefighter caught a toddler who was dropped from a second-floor window of a burning building.
Firefighter Jared McKinney told NBC Washington that in his 17 years on the job, none of the rescues he has made have come close to this one.
Update Box Alarm 700 block Alabama Ave SE. An infant dropped from 2nd floor window was caught by one of #DCsBravest. 2 adults and a child were brought safely down a ladder. 7 residents evaluated by EMS but did not require transport to hospital.— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 30, 2022
“You could see the front door was filled with black smoke, and as we were advancing with the attack line, a father was hanging out of the window with his child," McKinney said. “Everything happened so fast I didn’t have time to get nervous it was more so I had a job that had to get done and I executed it to the best of my ability," he said.
The child was not injured.
Hours earlier, a rookie firefighter helped a woman get out of a burning apartment.
Kojo Saunders is six months into his job as a probationary firefighter for Engine 10 in Trinidad, WUSA9 reported.
A great rescue effort by Probationary Firefighter Kojo Saunders of Engine 10 in Trinidad. With only 6 months experience, he located and removed an adult female victim from her burning apartment. He is the 2nd probationary firefighter this year to make a rescue. pic.twitter.com/SeOzraA4km— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 29, 2022
He said he heard someone coughing as firefighters were moving a hose into the building. Saunders found her and dragged her out.
DC Fire and EMS tweeted that the woman was transported to a trauma center and had serious injuries.
"It feels nice to do my job," Saunders said.
Update Working Fire 2100 block I St NE. #DCsBravest rescued an adult female from 1st floor fire apartment. Victim transported to a trauma center. Fire confined to 1st floor Apt. in 3 story occupied apartment building & now under control. Displacements anticipated. pic.twitter.com/m6wuIq3BRT— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 29, 2022