Former Kalamazoo Football Player Catches Toddler From Burning Building [VIDEO]
WARNING, this video may be tough to watch for some people.
I can say from past experience, I am not good in a panic situation. Luckily, a lot of people are, that includes a bodyguard named Phillip Blanks.
Blanks is a former Kalamazoo High School football player, and also served in the United States Marine Corps. Now residing in Arizona, Phillip Blanks was recently at the right place at definitely the right time.
According to MLive, Blanks was working out with a friend at an apartment complex when he heard a commotion outside of the building. The commotion turned out to be an apartment fire. The mother of a 3-year-old boy threw him from a balcony to save him. I think you can guess who caught the toddler, Phillip Blanks. I am sad to say, the child's mother, 30-year-old Rachel long, did not survive the fire.
Another child was also saved from the fire, an 8-year-old girl. She and the 3-year-old boy did suffer injuries, but are expected to be okay. Get this, not only did Phillip Banks catch the 3-year-old, he apparently has been trying to track down the toddler and his sister, and would like to be a part of their lives. I am not really emotional, but that type of kindness and compassion even gets me in the feels. Talk about a stand up guy.
Like I said earlier, I am not good in a panic situation, and hope like hell I am not in one anytime soon. However, we can learn a lot from Phillip Banks about keeping our cool, and jumping into action for the sake of someone else.