LAWRENCE, Mass. — 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.