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You need a hero, America? — Marine catches 3 year-old boy dropped from burning building!
www.citizenfreepress.com ^ | on July 7, 2020 1:55 pm | Kane

Posted on 07/07/2020 12:02:01 PM PDT by Red Badger

WR Phillip Blanks dives to catch a 3-year old boy dropped from a burning, 3rd floor Phoenix apartment. I just spoke to the former Marine who says he was “put on this earth to protect people.”

KALAMAZOO — Catching a child who was dropped from a burning building was just Phillip Blanks doing his job.

The retired U.S. Marine and former football player at Kalamazoo Central High School doesn’t want special recognition for helping save a 3-year-old boy from an apartment fire in Phoenix, Arizona. Blanks, a body guard today, said protecting others is just part of his job.

Blanks credits his training as a marine and security officer and instincts for his reaction.

“It was all fast, it was a blur. It was tunnel vision as I was running. I didn’t see anything but the baby.”

Blanks, 28, caught the young boy who was dropped from an apartment balcony Friday, July 3.

The boy and an 8-year-old girl were both taken to the hospital. The children’s mother died in the fire.

The Kalamazoo native served four years in the military after completing one year at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Blanks said in an interview with MLive. Prior to college, he played four years as a wide receiver and linebacker at Kalamazoo Central.

He moved to Arizona about a year ago and currently works in executive protection, or as a body guard, he said. He was at a friend’s apartment for a workout Friday morning when he heard people yelling outside and he jumped into action, Blanks said.

“I wasn’t able to grab my shoes,” Blank said. “I ran down the stairs barefoot…”

“As I was running, I see the baby getting ready to be tossed out of the patio,” Blanks said. “Next thing you know, he’s helicoptering in the air and I catch him.” Blanks said the child’s foot was injured in the fall but that his head and major organs were protected.

“His skin was melting off of his body,” Blanks said. “He was bleeding.”


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: arizona; jamesonlong; kalamazoo; lifesaver; marine; michigan; mother; phillipblanks; phoenix; rachellong
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1 posted on 07/07/2020 12:02:01 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Right place, right time. Well done!


2 posted on 07/07/2020 12:07:32 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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To: Red Badger

a true hero!


3 posted on 07/07/2020 12:07:59 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: Red Badger

Is he really a “former” Marine or just not active duty anymore?


4 posted on 07/07/2020 12:08:30 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: Red Badger
OSKIE!
5 posted on 07/07/2020 12:09:47 PM PDT by llevrok (Vote while it is still legal! And often.)
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To: Red Badger

Outstanding, jarhead.


6 posted on 07/07/2020 12:10:14 PM PDT by Iowa Slim
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To: Red Badger

That’s a man. Don’t see many of those anymore.


7 posted on 07/07/2020 12:11:29 PM PDT by livius
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To: Red Badger

I did not see a video anywhere.


8 posted on 07/07/2020 12:22:34 PM PDT by Fishtalk
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To: Red Badger

from the article: the boy tumbled down and the former marine, tracked the small boy with the attention of a bird of prey. As the boy’s body was in reach, the former wide receiver of the Louisiana Delta High School Alligators, brought the boy to his chest and rolled backward somersaulting to take the bulk of the energy to his chest. As the young man stood with the unhurt boy in his arms, the crowd went wild, cheering at the top of their lungs as if he had just caught the winning touchdown. As if by reflex, the young man spun on his heels and spiked the young boy into the pavement in celebration.


9 posted on 07/07/2020 12:23:57 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world)
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To: Red Badger

Wide receiver catching a baby.. no big deal for him.
Imagine if john f’in kerry tried to catch the baby.. face plant


10 posted on 07/07/2020 12:27:36 PM PDT by Track9 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to ShiÂ’ite since 632 AD)
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11 posted on 07/07/2020 12:32:19 PM PDT by Red Badger (To a liberal, 9-11 was 'illegal fireworks activity'..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Thanks for sharing this. Marines rock!


12 posted on 07/07/2020 12:32:53 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Red Badger
Good man, with good reflexes.


13 posted on 07/07/2020 12:33:35 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: teeman8r

No. You are confusing pro and collegiate athlete with professional sheepdog.

The Marine just did right. No fanfare, no personal glory just the reward of having done right.

Thank you Marine.

The spectators ought to slink away in shame.


14 posted on 07/07/2020 12:53:22 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: Red Badger

It’s young people like this who are the hope for the Republic’s survival, not the ones you see rioting and burning.


15 posted on 07/07/2020 12:57:16 PM PDT by antidemoncrat (uff)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

More:

https://wwmt.com/sports/content/former-kalamazoo-central-wide-receiver-catches-3-year-old-boy-falling-from-burning-balcony


16 posted on 07/07/2020 12:59:04 PM PDT by cyn
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To: Red Badger

Thanks. I needed a chuckle.


17 posted on 07/07/2020 1:21:04 PM PDT by Track9 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to ShiÂ’ite since 632 AD)
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To: teeman8r; Chode; All

t8r- LOL !!! Cute

Awesome job Marine. Thank You for Your Service.


18 posted on 07/07/2020 2:07:13 PM PDT by mabarker1 ((Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!! A fraud, a hypocrite, a liar. I'm a member of Congress !!!!)
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To: Red Badger

Just WOW.


19 posted on 07/07/2020 2:12:41 PM PDT by Leep (We can go to the grocery store but we can't go to work?)
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To: Red Badger

Yep. Another of those hatefilled baby kil.....oh wait.


20 posted on 07/07/2020 2:27:33 PM PDT by ping jockey (The only difference between the Federal government and organized crime is one's legal and one ain't)
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