Postal Worker Catches 11-Month-Old Twin Boys Tossed From Burning Bronx Apartment

December 20, 2013  |  

We always hear tragic stories about brutal acts of violence or even negligence against innocent children, so we’re always happy to report on a story with a happy ending. Postal worker, Jermaine Shirley, is being called a hero after her miraculously caught two 11-month-old twin boys, Israel and Ishmael Codner, after their father tossed them out of the third-floor window of his burning Bronx apartment, reports The New York Daily News.

“I opened up the side windows and I saw a lot of smoke,”said the twins’ father, Everdean Codner. “I tried to make it through the front door but there was nothing but smoke,” he continued. I couldn’t get through. The smoke was heavy. It pushed us back inside.”

Thankfully, Shirley was heading to work when he noticed that there was a fire in his apartment building. He eventually traced the fire to a second-floor apartment and kicked in the door. He also began banging on all of the apartment doors, alerting his neighbors. After exiting the building with his wife and 2-year-old tot, Shirley noticed a man (Codner), screaming for help from a third-floor apartment window.

“I wanted to get my babies out and I ran to the fire escape,” said Codner.

He then climbed up the first floor fire escape and told Codner to toss the babies to him.

“I told him, ‘Drop the baby,'” said Shirley.

Shirley caught the first baby, handed him off to Codner’s nephew, Euwen Lynch, 25, and then caught the second baby. Once the twins were safe with Shirley and Lynch, Codner and his wife jumped from the window.

“They’re fine, thank God! It really is a miracle,” said the twins’ mother, Nikalia Codner.

The little ones were examined at Jacobi Medical Center.

“It was just instincts,” the hometown hero later told reporters. “They just kicked in right away. I have a family, too. I would want somebody to do the same for me.”

“I just thank God that everyone is safe — my wife and kid — everyone is safe,” Shirley added.

Everdean Codner says his neighbor’s act of courage was the best holiday gift ever.

“Jermaine and my nephew are both heroes. I have to thank them. They’re the best,” Codner said. “We’re here today because of our neighbor’s quick response. It’s the best holiday gift you could ever ask for.”

Clearly, good people still exist.

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