Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Nancy F. Clark0
Random Acts Of Kindness: A Toddler At The Third Story Window
A young couple was moving out of their apartment when some movement above them caught their attention. The couple, Konrad Lightner and his wife, Jennifer, noticed the toddler and his sister throwing their toys out the window as they went in to get another load, including the box spring mattress. On the way out, they saw the toddler throw his leg over the window sill.
“The child climbed out of the window and was actually hanging on what appeared to be a telephone line or a cable line. They placed the mattress underneath the child, and at that point the child released and fell to the ground,” said Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert.
“We called 911 and Konrad threw the box spring down trying to break his fall and stood there to catch him,” said Jennifer.
Konrad was able to break the child’s fall, catching and falling with him onto the mattress. The 3-year-old was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but he did not suffer any major injuries.
A neighbor rushed to get the little boy’s parents, who were unaware of what happened but were deeply grateful for the amazing rescue. Photos from the scene show paramedics checking out the toddler as his father clutched him tightly.
“It feels like I watched a TV show, like it didn’t happen to me,” Konrad said. The Lightners were honored by firefighters and continued with their move.
“It was very surreal afterwards. We were just moving for the rest of day and every once in a while we’d look at each other and just say, ‘That happened. That was real,'” said Jennifer.
Earlier in the day, the couple got stuck in an elevator. It took them 30 minutes to be freed. They said if that didn’t happen, they would not have been there at the right moment to save the little boy.
March 17, 2014 10:37:00 AM PDT BURBANK, CA Courtesy ABC 13 Eyewitness News