'Hand me the baby': Fla. deputy saves child from apartment fire
Orange County Fire Rescue crewmembers rescued the tot's mother and grandmother
The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — A sheriff's deputy in Florida climbed up a balcony and plucked a 1-year-old girl to safety from a third-story apartment that had caught fire, the dramatic rescue captured on the deputy's body-worn camera.
Deputy William Puzynski climbed to the second-floor balcony early Saturday and asked the mother to hand off the baby in diapers as flames shot from the apartment one floor above. He then brought the baby down before the mother and grandmother were subsequently rescued by firefighters.
The video posted online captures Puzynski telling the woman "hand me the baby, hand me the baby. We are coming," as he goes up and balances himself on the railing before she extends the crying baby to him.
Amazing video of OCSO Deputy rescuing baby girl from fire!— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) April 23, 2022
Early this morning, deputies were assisting @OCFireRescue & saw a baby & mom on 3rd floor balcony with flames coming from the apartment. Deputy Puzynski climbed the outside balconies & mom handed baby down to him. pic.twitter.com/T5JeXLY7tA
"Please, come get me," she pleads afterward.
Firefighters using a ladder brought the mother and grandmother down from the third-floor apartment safely. They also evacuated other residents while responding to the fire at an apartment building in Orlando.
The Orange County Fire Rescue said the fire caused extensive damage with 24 units impacted.
The camera that recorded the infant's rescue was attached to Puzynski's vest, which he had taken off before climbing up the building.