A former footballer and US Marine, Philip Banks was present at the right place at the right time, to save a 3-year-old's life in Phoenix, Arizona.
The child was thrown from the third floor by his brave but helpless mother, Rachel Long, who got stuck in their apartment, which was engulfed in flames.
Please please recognize that the child's mother passed away during this fire. She was already engulfed in flames when she dropped her son down to safety and she went back in to save her daughter. She was so selfless and brave and she should be recognized. Her name is Rachel Long. https://t.co/dfSCNpEG9U— k a y🌻 (@OKAYYYWOWWW) July 10, 2020
She must have pushed him thinking that there are higher chances of him making it out alive this way.
there are 2 hero's in this video, the mother for sacrificing her life for her children and Philip Banks for making the best catch of his life......God bless....🙏— Blue Star (@TOTHEMAX22) July 8, 2020
In an interview, Philips said:
There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it.
In another interaction, he noted:
I just had tunnel vision God helped me make that catch. It was very close close to the ground, it was a miracle.
🙏👍🏻👏 Philip Banks🙏🌹— n. r. narayan (@oman170490) July 9, 2020
The world desperately needs daring people like Phillip to save live. In this video and selfie era, such class of people are in short supply ever since the invasion of “smart phones”.
Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is to one.🌹 https://t.co/xcLTZnDu4h
Meanwhile another man, Dartanguan Alexander, saved the child's sister by opening the door of the apartment and bravely going inside.
I started to kick the door and I kick it in and once got the door open I see a lot of smoke and fire and heat. I just ran in there and grabbed her by the arms and she said Get me, get me, and I was like I got you.
Two acts of valor: The mother who fought to the railing to save her child, and the heroic catch by Philip Banks.— HFDCAR1 (@hfdcar1) July 9, 2020
Horrific and inspirational in the same instant.
Modern residential fires move quickly. https://t.co/Qm6TbMzb5T
Both, Alexander and Philip, now aim to be involved in the children's lives as much as possible. And they want to make sure that the children feel loved.