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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


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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.

“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.

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.