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(ABC7 Los Angeles)   Wide receiver makes greatest catch of career at scene of raging building fire   (abc7.com) divider line
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2020-07-08 8:42:51 AM  
Well, we know it wasn't Nelson Agholar.
 
2020-07-08 8:46:00 AM  
A raging building fire is a perfect metaphor to describe the upcoming NFL "season".

Nice catch, though.
 
2020-07-08 8:48:47 AM  
The hero tag is often misused on this site. This is an exception. 

/mom was covered in flames when she threw the kid... she died a hero, too
 
2020-07-08 8:52:01 AM  

Giant Clown Shoe: The hero tag is often misused on this site. This is an exception. 

/mom was covered in flames when she threw the kid... she died a hero, too


She was going back for something or she would have jumped.  That's going to bother me now.  Jesus Christ.
 
2020-07-08 8:53:59 AM  
Did he spike the kid after the catch?

Just kidding, this is awesome.  And tragic for the mother.
 
2020-07-08 9:09:10 AM  
//won't lie, I cried when I read about the mother.
 
2020-07-08 9:09:35 AM  
Did he call for the catch? The other dude was standing there waiting and he just plowed in. Feel bad for the mom though. RIP.
 
2020-07-08 9:09:54 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Giant Clown Shoe: The hero tag is often misused on this site. This is an exception. 

/mom was covered in flames when she threw the kid... she died a hero, too

She was going back for something or she would have jumped.  That's going to bother me now.  Jesus Christ.


Hopefully, it wasn't another child.   That would have been truly tragic.

I spent a few years as a firefighter.   I still remember the night I found the dead homeowner inside the house.   He'd gone back in to "get something" and got disoriented in the smoke.   I found him caught between the washing machine and what would have been the doorway leading out.    Very unsettling.   It doesn't happen that we get these situations as much now that smoke detectors are universal.   People get out and expect the firemen to save everything.    Most of the dead bodies  I had came from MVAs.
 
2020-07-08 9:12:48 AM  
The first sportsperson to save somebody since the baseball umpire that saved a woman from committing suicide.

Dramatic video: MLB umpire saves woman from jumping off bridge
Youtube 0LLTH6SF7A8
 
2020-07-08 9:15:04 AM  
Perhaps if he hadn't barged the other man out of the way - the one who was waiting ready to make the catch - the child wouldn't have fallen down between them and hit the ground.
 
2020-07-08 9:16:24 AM  

sirrerun: Well, we know it wasn't Nelson Agholar.


Done in one. You can all go home now. Thread's closed.
 
2020-07-08 9:16:28 AM  

rnatalie: Marcus Aurelius: Giant Clown Shoe: The hero tag is often misused on this site. This is an exception. 

/mom was covered in flames when she threw the kid... she died a hero, too

She was going back for something or she would have jumped.  That's going to bother me now.  Jesus Christ.

Hopefully, it wasn't another child.   That would have been truly tragic.

I spent a few years as a firefighter.   I still remember the night I found the dead homeowner inside the house.   He'd gone back in to "get something" and got disoriented in the smoke.   I found him caught between the washing machine and what would have been the doorway leading out.    Very unsettling.   It doesn't happen that we get these situations as much now that smoke detectors are universal.   People get out and expect the firemen to save everything.    Most of the dead bodies  I had came from MVAs.


I was a volunteer fireman for close to 25 years.  I know exactly what you're talking about.  Worst I saw was the dad who died going back into the house looking for his kids, not realizing that they were already out of the house.  That one was rough.
 
2020-07-08 9:17:55 AM  

mr_fulano: Did he call for the catch? The other dude was standing there waiting and he just plowed in. Feel bad for the mom though. RIP.


The other guy didn't signal for the fair catch
 
2020-07-08 9:20:05 AM  
The mother died. Her last act was to throw her child to safety. She was on fire. She's an afterthought in this article. Perhaps there is another about her?
 
2020-07-08 9:21:37 AM  
Semper Fi, Brother!
 
2020-07-08 9:23:15 AM  

HawgWild: The mother died. Her last act was to throw her child to safety. She was on fire. She's an afterthought in this article. Perhaps there is another about her?


The receiver gave her credit, last line of TFA.
 
2020-07-08 9:24:37 AM  

rnatalie: HawgWild: The mother died. Her last act was to throw her child to safety. She was on fire. She's an afterthought in this article. Perhaps there is another about her?

The receiver gave her credit, last line of TFA.


Yeah. hence why I said afterthought.
 
2020-07-08 9:24:57 AM  
WOw...   tears and all
Well done sir, RIP mom...
 
2020-07-08 9:29:45 AM  

mcsiegs: //won't lie, I cried when I read about the mother.


You are not alone.

/ I'm blaming it on Shark Week and hormones, cause Imma stone cold b*tch who never cries.
// Yeah, that's the ticket
/// Narrator: It was not, in fact, the ticket.
 
2020-07-08 9:30:08 AM  

HawgWild: The mother died. Her last act was to throw her child to safety. She was on fire. She's an afterthought in this article. Perhaps there is another about her?


Reading stuff like that always makes me feel nauseated.  Fire is at the top of my "don't want to go out that way" list.
 
2020-07-08 9:32:20 AM  
The other guy wouldn't have caught her. Wide receiver did. Y'all just gotta hate for no reason.
RIP mom.
 
2020-07-08 9:34:14 AM  
Seems there was a second child, who other people got out the front door at the same time the Mom was throwing the first kid off the balcony.   I wonder if she was going back in for kid No. 2, not knowing she'd been saved.  Awful stuff.  RIP Mom.  Glad the kids will survive.
 
2020-07-08 9:35:32 AM  

mcsiegs: //won't lie, I cried when I read about the mother.


This.  Gutting.
 
2020-07-08 9:36:07 AM  
 
2020-07-08 9:38:26 AM  
The ref called it an illegal lateral and the kid had to go back in to the fire. Next play, they went with the punt.  It didn't go well.  The kick was wide and the kid went in to another fire across the street.
 
2020-07-08 9:41:52 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: The ref called it an illegal lateral and the kid had to go back in to the fire. Next play, they went with the punt.  It didn't go well.  The kick was wide and the kid went in to another fire across the street.


You are a treasure
 
2020-07-08 9:52:34 AM  

The Yattering: Harry Freakstorm: The ref called it an illegal lateral and the kid had to go back in to the fire. Next play, they went with the punt.  It didn't go well.  The kick was wide and the kid went in to another fire across the street.

You are a treasure


My mother said I was a treasure.  My father said "let's bury it"
 
2020-07-08 10:02:40 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: The Yattering: Harry Freakstorm: The ref called it an illegal lateral and the kid had to go back in to the fire. Next play, they went with the punt.  It didn't go well.  The kick was wide and the kid went in to another fire across the street.

You are a treasure

My mother said I was a treasure.  My father said "let's bury it"


Well, if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, we can be pretty confident that he was the father...

Like peas in a psychotic pod, these two.
 
2020-07-08 10:04:21 AM  
That looked like a one-hopper to me.
 
2020-07-08 10:21:23 AM  

Eli WhiskeyDik: That looked like a one-hopper to me.


Holding on the receiving team.   Fifteen yards, repeat third down.
 
2020-07-08 10:22:43 AM  

OldRod: Did he spike the kid after the catch?

Just kidding, this is awesome.  And tragic for the mother.


That's my all-time favorite stupid 80s joke. As I recall, in 1982 the punchline revolved around Herschel Walker.
 
2020-07-08 10:47:34 AM  

rnatalie: Marcus Aurelius: Giant Clown Shoe: The hero tag is often misused on this site. This is an exception. 

/mom was covered in flames when she threw the kid... she died a hero, too

She was going back for something or she would have jumped.  That's going to bother me now.  Jesus Christ.

Hopefully, it wasn't another child.   That would have been truly tragic.

I spent a few years as a firefighter.   I still remember the night I found the dead homeowner inside the house.   He'd gone back in to "get something" and got disoriented in the smoke.   I found him caught between the washing machine and what would have been the doorway leading out.    Very unsettling.   It doesn't happen that we get these situations as much now that smoke detectors are universal.   People get out and expect the firemen to save everything.    Most of the dead bodies  I had came from MVAs.


I can tell you the day that my father truly died. He's still physically alive, but every single fiber of what made him who he is died the summer of 1984 when his best friend died from smoke inhalation. He was never the same .an after that.

They had all been volunteer firefighters together in their 20s, but dad stopped early on because of his knees and his day job consuming his life. The family friend kept on a bit longer and was well trained, but sadly was something of a smoker, something for which I endlessly chastised him for as a preteen who cared about his life. I always told him that cigarettes would kill him.

In 1982 he had a kid and settled down with his wife in a happy family. It didn't last long. My understanding of what actually happened was that his kid was a light sleeper and a night owl who woke up late one night on the couch and started playing with matches. The fire engulfed the child and couch and turned into a slow burn that smoked out the house.

The friend was found dead with his wife at the bedroom door, his hand still on the doorknob. There wasn't much of the kid left so they buried him with his mother. The friend's mother is the one who found the family a few days later after showing up for a health check. She was never the same after that either.

As a kid I never understood how it was possible that a trained firefighter could die that way, and my psychotic mother always claimed a conspiracy theory about assasination or some other crazy bullshiat but I never paid that any mind and let the matter drop. Fast-forward to two years ago and some dumbass with a stray cigarette butt tried to burn down the apartment building next to mine on a day with steady 40 mph desert winds and 70 mph gusts; as soon as I saw the smoke I flew over with a fire extinguisher and tried my damnedest to put it out before the wooden stairwell fire went into the roof & attic. On extinguisher #3 I got too close and despite holding my breath as long as possible I still caught a partial inhale and that was all it took: a fraction of a breath of concentrated smoke and I was down on the ground nearly puking, completely incapacitated and not doing so hot.  Seconds: it only took seconds for the smoke to get me. A second or two more and I would have been out cold. Had I fallen face forward instead of stumbling down the stairs....

Yeah. We barely contained the blaze that day two years ago, but the fire department showed up and did their job and the building was saved along with everyone in it. On that day I finally understood why our friend died at the bedroom door. Do not EVER tell yourself you can make it through or out of a fire, and DO NOT EVER go in or go back for anything or even anyone without an SCBA on because you will NOT make it. When the fire comes, get as far away from it as possible.

When I think of what happened to our friends, and 9/11, my greatest hope is that the smoke got to them before the flames did, but I know for a fact that for one baby and probably a lot of people on the towers that probably wasn't the case, and I do whatever I have to to not think about it with alcohol around.

Cigarettes killed my friend the firefighter, just not the way that anyone could have imagined. I wish he had listened to my warning.
 
2020-07-08 10:52:35 AM  
Sorry for being a downer, but whenever fire and babies comes up so does that awful memory.
 
2020-07-08 11:03:00 AM  
Only on Fark would we critique the form of a guy catching someone falling from a burning building.
 
M-G
2020-07-08 11:11:29 AM  

OldRod: Did he spike the kid after the catch?

Just kidding, this is awesome.  And tragic for the mother.


There's an old joke where the football player catches the baby, but then spikes it.  First thing that came to mind.
 
2020-07-08 11:12:43 AM  
Curb Your Enthusiasm S08E09 Bill Buckner makes a great catch
Youtube Y9RLQK_BbZg
 
2020-07-08 11:21:56 AM  

thespindrifter: Sorry for being a downer, but whenever fire and babies comes up so does that awful memory.


needs to be told though.

Had a captain with burns all over his back and neck because he lost his water fighting an attic fire.

Had a firefighters career ended when his SCBA got hooked and ripped off his face causing airway burns.

Then there was a old apartment that the hot water tank exploded lighting the apartment and the one above it on fire. 2 grandparents and 3 kids on the apartment above.

Grandmother had cancer and was almost bed bound. Grandfather was primary caregiver. We'd been to the apartment the month before to take care of her for a medical.

Grandfather was found near the door qith his wife trying to get her out. I got tasked to give care while the ladder did the search. They found all 3 kids, no burns, just carbon monoxide and needed a hospital stay.

We had to sedate and intubate both grandparents because of airway burns. Last thing he asked was if we got out his grandkids.

He was black but looked pink at the time. Had a rookie medic with me. Couldn't find anywhere to put an IV so I directed her to put an line in his external jugular, so lay him down, turn his head, and put a large bore catheter in his neck vein.

She froze, I don't blame her. It was asking a lot. Placed the line, slammed morphine after telling him his grandkids were safe.

Airway swelling got worse en route to burn center.  RSI'd him and placed a tube before airwaybswelled shut.

Got to the ER and about biatch slapped a resident. He wanted my crew out of the room but i had to physically hold the IV catheter in place because the tegaderm and the tape- neither stuck to his skin.

----

On another call we had a mattress cigarette fire. Guy was found near doorway. Dead and 20 minites of revival it was a no go.

Next call was a cardiac arrest we got back. Showed up to the ER and a nurse joked if we stopped to get barbecue on way there

We had to explain what fatality house fire smells like....

/sorry for the rant
//fires are the worst
 
2020-07-08 12:15:04 PM  
Whoever the hell is "funnying" the fire tragedy stories needs to be carted off to an asylum before you start working your way up from torturing animals to killing people, you sick psychopathic bastard.  >:^(
 
2020-07-08 12:55:59 PM  
You folks in here telling your stories, I just want to say I hope I'm right in assuming it's good that you can "talk" about it. I can't imagine the work it takes to accept that you'll live with memories like that. I know "thanks for your service" is awfully tired, so thanks for your strength.
 
2020-07-08 1:43:18 PM  
Hero...capital H
 
2020-07-08 3:21:28 PM  
Wow, hero indeed.
 
2020-07-08 5:49:43 PM  
 
2020-07-08 9:19:45 PM  

xxBirdMadGirlxx: mcsiegs: //won't lie, I cried when I read about the mother.

You are not alone.

/ I'm blaming it on Shark Week and hormones, cause Imma stone cold b*tch who never cries.
// Yeah, that's the ticket
/// Narrator: It was not, in fact, the ticket.


I, too, am blaming my crying on xxBirdMadGirlxx'shormones.
 
2020-07-09 9:10:42 AM  

Lsherm: xxBirdMadGirlxx: mcsiegs: //won't lie, I cried when I read about the mother.

You are not alone.

/ I'm blaming it on Shark Week and hormones, cause Imma stone cold b*tch who never cries.
// Yeah, that's the ticket
/// Narrator: It was not, in fact, the ticket.

I, too, am blaming my crying on xxBirdMadGirlxx'shormones.


Meh. I'll allow it.

BirdMadGirl's Hormones can be the name of your The Cure/ The Go-Go's mash-up band.
 
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