Brave Firefighter Loses Job After Saving Mother And Baby From Burning Building

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In Chattanooga, TN in 2015, a fire broke out at an apartment building. Vernon Lane was fleeing from the building when he realized that other people needed help. A lieutenant with the Chattanooga Fire Department, Lane’s instincts took over and he stopped to help his neighbors.

One woman, trapped by the fire on the third floor of the building, was completely panicked, thinking that she and her baby wouldn’t make it out of the building alive. She did the only thing she could think of: she threw her baby out the window, then jumped herself, hoping someone would be there to catch them as they fell.

Luckily, Lane was in the right place at the right time. He saw the baby falling, and he sprung into action.“My instinct told me just to dive, just dive and try to catch the baby,” Lt. Lane told Channel 3 News.“I felt the weight of somebody’s body come down on my back as I was getting back up, and I realized it was the mother of the child.”

Lane went to visit the mother and the child afterwards in the hospital they had both survived thanks to Lane’s fast actions. But Lane was suffering from injuries himself, and after 16 years as a firefighter, Lane was forced to give up his career.

The fire chief, Chris Adams, explained, “Firefighters have to be 100%. We have to be able to lift heavy weight, climb up ladders and crawl. We have to be able to bend and distort our bodies in any kind of fashion, so the public expects us to have 100% of that ability when they respond and we expect that.”

While it must be heartbreaking for Lane to have lost the job he loved, the chief has no doubt that if Lane could go back in time, he wouldn’t change anything.

This is truly the story of a heroic man. If you think Lane did something incredible when he put his life on the line for that mother and baby, don’t forget to SHARE this story!

h/t WRCB Channel 3 News

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