Passing U.S. Air Force personnnel rescue family from burning building

A dramatic story of U.S. airmen stationed in South Korea rescuing three small kids and their mother from a burning building. CNN reports:

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Raimondo told CNN he was walking to dinner Saturday when he saw clouds of smoke and set off in that direction.

On assessing the scene, he and a colleague discussed how to help and resolved to get some blankets from a nearby store.

They corralled others to help hold the blankets, then tried to persuade the mother to drop her children to safety.

First Sgt. Melanie Scott said the woman was understandably reluctant to let go of her children, ages 1, 3 and 4.

Master Sgt. Raimondo says he begged the mother, “Please throw your baby.” He recalls the mother struggled the most with letting go of the last child. She kept repeating “I love you, I love you.” With no way out the mother eventually had to jump herself. Sgt. Raimondo says she hit the ground but someone had placed cushions beneath the blanket.

The mother was suffering from smoke inhalation and shock so Sgt. Raimondo sat with the first child who had gone out the window and told her she was brave and “flew like Supergirl.” The children’s father later told CNN, “I don’t know how I would explain my thanks.”

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David Strom 12:01 PM on October 07, 2022