Grandparents Throw Child From Burning Building in Hopes of Dramatic Rescue

fire engine bostonI bet I know what a certain 6-year-old boy from Boston wants to be for Halloween this year ... a firefighter! Considering the fact that his life was just saved in one of the most dramatic ways possible by Fire Lt. Glenn McGillivray, who caught the boy when he was dropped from a third-floor window of a burning building.

Nice catch, man!

Not enough drama for you? Get this: It was the boy's grandparents, Judith and Herbert Lamb, who were forced to toss him from their towering inferno/apartment building into McGillivray's arms (grandma and grandpa were then rescued from the blaze with a ladder, which I'm assuming the boy was too young to climb)!

And did I mention the six-alarm fire was apparently the work of an arsonist??


Police arrested a man who showed up at Boston Medical Center with burns who claimed he started the blaze, but no further details have been released regarding identity or motive. And thankfully, all residents of the apartment building are said to be accounted for, though some were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Good thing Fire Lt. McGillivray didn't have to catch everybody else, too!

"Thank God I caught him," said McGillivray of the truly miraculous save. "I've never had to do that before, and I hope I never have to do it again!"

Of course, if Lt. McGillivray did nothing for the rest of his life but sit in a recliner watching reruns of Rescue Me, he'd still be a legend. I can barely catch a wiffle ball. If I somehow had to catch a 50-pound kid falling from a great height using nothing but my arms? The best I could hope for would be to break his fall, and I don't even know if I could pull that one off.

Amazing, that's all there is to it.

Oh, and if you have a child at home who's having trouble deciding on a costume this year?

Tell him this story.

Hey Mom, I know what I want to be!

Do you think you would be physically capable of catching a child falling from a third-story window?


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