Boston firefighter makes dramatic rescue of dangling child

Boston firefighter makes dramatic rescue of dangling child
A Boston firefighter rescues child from a third story window during a two alarm fire at a multi-family home in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Firefighters saved a woman and a child from the burning house. The cause of the fire was not immediately available. (Nicolaus Czarnecki/The Boston Herald via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston firefighter who saved a little boy being dangled out the third-floor window of a burning home says the dramatic rescue was just “what we do.”

The rescue, captured by a photographer for the Boston Herald , came in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

As the mother dangles the child out the window, with smoke pouring out behind her, firefighter Patrick Callahan stood precariously on a too-short ladder and grabbed the boy.

The five-year veteran credited his colleagues and his training. He says “Just getting the baby down, that was my priority.”

No one was seriously injured, but up to 10 people were left homeless. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire Commissioner Joe Finn tweeted, “So proud!” to all the firefighters who responded.


Information from: Boston Herald,