Former football player, Marine catches toddler dropped from burning building: 'I just did my best'


Olde Hornet

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Phillip Blanks caught countless passes in his career as a wide receiver. None could have been as great as his diving grab last week.
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As a fire raged through a Phoenix apartment building on July 3, Blanks said his instincts kicked in as a mother dropped her toddler from the balcony to save his life.

"Ultimately, this is my job," Blanks, a former Marine who now works as a body guard, told MLive.com. "It was all fast, it was a blur. It was tunnel vision as I was running. I didn’t see anything but the baby."

Heart-wrenching video of the save shows Blanks, 28, rush in and dive to grab the child just before he nearly hit the gravel below the balcony. The 3-year-old and an 8-year-old girl survived the flames but were hospitalized with injuries. The children's mother died in the fire.

Blanks told KABC-TV that he heard a commotion outside last Friday when he went to look, not even taking the time to grab his shoes.
 

Earle

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This is heart-wrenching! I thank God and I am so grateful the baby boy and his sister were saved, but I am very sorry to read that their mother lost her life. Kudos to Mr. Blanks! While I don't know him personally, he is a true HERO, and I am thankul for his military service.
 
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