Heroic firefighter's lifesaving catch captured on video

Firefighter's lifesaving catch caught on video

Watch what happens when a child is tossed from a burning building in Georgia, US.

Incredible footage has emerged of a firefighter catching a child tossed from a burning apartment building during a dramatic rescue in Atlanta, Georgia.

As flames poured from the third-floor apartment window and licked the ground at his feet, DeKalb County firefighter Captain Scott Stroup can be seen readying himself as the child was flung from the top of a ladder.

He caught the flailing bundle and scrambled to safety. 

The moment a firefighter in Atlanta catches a child thrown from a burning building.
The moment a firefighter in Atlanta catches a child thrown from a burning building.  Photo: DeKalb firefighters

It wasn't the only lifesaving catch made on that night.

Captain Jackie Peckrul was labelled a "supermom" after catching a newborn baby, whose frantic mother tossed her from their third-floor apartment window as Peckrul was about to begin climbing the ladder to rescue the family of 12. 

Peckrul, a mother of triplets herself, told local media she had little warning from the mother when she saw the baby being thrown, but managed to catch it. 

"My hands came off the ladder and I got 'em," she said. "Never want to see any parent lose a child."

Up to 80 residents were reportedly displaced when the building went up in flames in the early hours of January 3. Most escaped unscathed, with just a handful experiencing minor injuries including smoke inhalation. 

The footage was captured on a helmet cam, and after being made public last week has since gone viral across the US and on social media. 

Tom Burrell from DeKalb Professional Firefighters told Fairfax Media the reaction to the image from audiences around the world revealed the need for positive stories amid news that is too often tragic or causing anger. 

"There were multiple children dropped into the waiting arms of our firefighters that night and we even had this same thing happen less that a year ago in another apartment fire," he said. 

"Perhaps in some small measure for some people it just reaffirms the idea that people are good and decent by nature at a time when those traits seem to be lacking in so many regular newsmakers."