A Man With One Arm and One Leg Saved Two Babies From A Burning Building
A 54-year-old man in the Bronx named Fidel Morales woke up around 4:15 A.M. on Monday and realized his HOUSE was on fire. . .which was an even bigger deal, because Fidel only has ONE arm and ONE leg!
But somehow, he and his wife managed to make their way through the smoke and get to a balcony with their 19-month-old son and newborn niece. Which is when they saw a neighbor named Eddy Herasme standing outside.
Now, Fidel and Eddy had never met before, but when Eddy saw them on the balcony, he started yelling for them to drop the kids down. So first Fidel tossed his son, and Eddy caught him. Then he tossed his niece, who Eddy also caught.
Then Fidel's wife jumped, and Eddy caught HER. And once his family was safe, Fidel used his one arm to hang from the balcony, let go, and Eddy caught HIM too. Now both men are being hailed as heroes. But Fidel says Eddy should get ALL the credit.
Fidel was treated for smoke inhalation, and suffered sprains to his knee, foot, arm, and shoulder. But he joked from his hospital bed that he at least landed on his "good leg."
Authorities say the fire was sparked by a candle in a basement apartment that didn't have any working smoke detectors.
- Kelly Urich