Video: Toddler survives staff and news service reports
updated 3/30/2009 10:30:58 AM ET 2009-03-30T14:30:58

Two men were being hailed as heroes by police on Monday for catching a toddler who fell 40 feet from a home's third-story window.

Robert Lemire told the North-Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune newspaper that he was talking on his cell phone Sunday evening outside a pizza shop in Lawrence, about 25 miles north of Boston, when he saw the toddler dangling from a window across the street.

The 45-year-old father of two bolted across a busy street, where he met 23-year-old Alex Day, who had been inside the home at a Bible study meeting. Together, they caught the 18-month-old before she hit the ground.

"I've only seen something like that on TV," Lemire told the Eagle-Tribune.

"She's lucky. Everybody is lucky," he told the newspaper.

Day said the event was "absolutely incredible."

"She was so small, she would have really been hurt. ... It was pretty amazing when I look back on the whole thing," the Eagle-Tribune quoted him as saying.

The child's father was caring for a newborn at the time.

"These guys are heroes, no question about it," Police Chief John Romero said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments