Video: The catch of a lifetime

updated 12/15/2005 7:26:12 PM ET 2005-12-16T00:26:12

A mother trapped in a burning third-floor apartment prayed and then dropped her 1-month-old son out a window to the crowd below. The infant was caught safely by a man who plays catcher for his employer’s baseball team — and the tense moments were even caught on tape.

The rescuer gave the baby mouth-to-mouth resuscitation — a skill he picked up two decades ago as a teenage lifeguard — and the mother was rescued by firefighters. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

Tracinda Foxe, 30, was cornered by smoke and flames in the Bronx apartment on Wednesday when she went to the window with son Eric Guzman.

“I said, ’God, please save my son,”’ Foxe told the Daily News in Thursday editions. “I prayed that someone would catch him and save his life.”

Felix Vazquez, 39, a Housing Authority supervisor, opened his arms and snared the baby.

“I didn’t think,” said Vazquez, a father of three. “I just reacted.”

Moments later, firefighters burst into the burning apartment, found a hysterical Foxe and gave her an oxygen mask.

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