Hero: Postman Catches Twin Babies Thrown From 3-Storey Burning Building (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Hero: Postman Catches Twin Babies Thrown From 3-Storey Burning Building (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

By Wires | The Trent on December 19, 2013
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A postman saved the lives of twin babies after he caught them when their father threw them the third floor of a burning building.

US postal worker Jermaine Shirley, 30, had managed to escape the apartment block fire with his wife and two-year-old after he smelled smoke early in the morning.

As he left, he knocked on neighbours’ doors to alert them to the danger.

MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Mom Nikalia Codner holds her children Israel (left) and Ishmeal (right) after they came home from the hospital.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Mom Nikalia Codner holds her children Israel (left) and Ishmeal (right) after they came home from the hospital.
Hero mailman Jermaine Shirley shakes hands with the twins’ father, Everdean Codner.
Hero mailman Jermaine Shirley shakes hands with the twins’ father, Everdean Codner.
Terrified for his sons’ lives, Everdean Coner dropped them from his third floor fire escape into postal worker Jermaine Shirley's waiting arms. The rest of the family climbed down the fire escape.
Terrified for his sons’ lives, Everdean Coner dropped them from his third floor fire escape into postal worker Jermaine Shirley’s waiting arms. The rest of the family climbed down the fire escape.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Firefighters were able to bring the Williamsbridge blaze under control in less than an hour.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Firefighters were able to bring the Williamsbridge blaze under control in less than an hour.

But then he heard cries for help from dad Everdean Codner, 32, as he stood on the fire escape with 11-month-old sons Ishmael and Isreal and his wife Nikalia. Once he knew his own family were safe, Jermaine tried to get to the Codners.

He told local news: “I tried to make it through the front door but there was nothing but smoke, I couldn’t get through it so we went to the back window.”

Twins Saved From Burning Building The Trent

The postie then told Everdean: “Drop the baby.”

Jermaine climbed up to an extension of the building in Williamsbridge in The Bronx, New York City, so that he could be closer to the children.

He said: “I was ready to catch. One of them, he kind of flipped a little because he was in a full ‘onesie’ suit, but I catch him.”

After Shirley caught one baby safely, Jermaine handed the baby to Everdean’s nephew, Euwan Lynch, 25.

Jermaine then caught the other baby and jumped down from the building’s extension.

He said: “They dropped the babies down and I catch them. I just thank God that everyone is safe – my wife and kid – everyone is safe. I would want everyone to do the same for me.”

The twins' father Everdean Codner (center) says mailman Jermaine Shirley (left) and nephew Euwan Lynch are both 'heroes.'
The twins’ father Everdean Codner (center) says mailman Jermaine Shirley (left) and nephew Euwan Lynch are both ‘heroes.’

The babies’ parents then jumped down to safety.

Everdean said: “I had to jump from the third floor fire escape, my wife had to jump from like half way down the ladder.”

The dad said the fact that he was home to help his family escape the fire was a blessing. He was supposed to be at work at the time but he overslept by accident.

And he expressed his gratitude to postman Jermaine.

He said: “I thank Jermaine for saving my babies. Now I have a second chance to be a father to my sons. It’s the best holiday gift you could ever ask for.”

The family who lives in the apartment on the second floor where the fire originated were not home.

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