Video: Toddler survives

msnbc.com 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.

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