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Published on March 2nd 2021
Good Samaritans rescued a 3-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister from a burning building, saving their lives.

Phillip Blanks makes the catch of a lifetime.
Phillip Blanks (in red top) makes the catch of a lifetime photo: abc7chicago.com

On July 3rd a Phoenix, Arizona apartment building was engulfed in flames.

Desperately trying to save her 3-year-old son his mother herself aflame, dropped him from the 3rd floor balcony of her apartment hoping someone would catch him.

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And 28-year-old Phillip Blanks, a retired Marine and former high school and college football star wide receiver, made the catch of his lifetime.

A dramatic video shows him sprinting to the apartment building and making a diving catch of this child, saving his life.

Phillip Blanks makes the catch of a lifetime.
Phillip Blanks photo: inside.com

"Instinct. There wasn't much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it," Phillip told KABC7 News. He added that protecting others has always been important to him.

Meanwhile, another Good Samaritan also took action.

"When we kicked the door down that's when I [saw] flames come in," said neighbor Leonard Thompson to KABC7.

"That's when I heard the screaming, so I just went into the apartment and grabbed the little girl, and I realized when I dragged her out, she was severely burned from top to bottom."

Phoenix police reported the rescued children, Jameson and Roxanne had serious but non-life-threatening burns.

Sadly, their 30-year-old mother Rachel Long did not survive the flames. Their father Corey Long was at work when the fire began.

But the next day he met with the Good Samaritans and expressed his heartfelt gratitude.

The Long family
The Long family photo: gofundme.com

If ever you think people don't risk their lives for strangers, think of the Covid first responders and caregivers, and think of these marvelous Good Samaritans who saved these two children.

Editor's Note: To see the dramatic video of Phillip catching the child and hear the comments of a man who rescued the little girl, click here. To learn more, click here. The Washington Post reports that another Good Samaritan, D'Artagnan Alexander also helped to rescue the little girl, and provides the details.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help this family, here.

Thank you to https://www.passiton.com/ for informing us of this story.

In the next KazanToday: The Franklin County, Kansas Sheriff's Office: A godsend to a mother with 3-year-old twins.

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