A Heart-Racing Rescue
A 30-year-old mother from Pyeongtaek, South Korea, had to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life after getting stuck in a burning building with her 3 children; ages 1, 3, and 4-years-old. Facing the proposition of either having her children killed in a fire or dropping them out of a 4th story and praying that someone below is able to catch them, is a scary proposition either way. This mother chose the latter, and as she dangled her child out of the window, with onlookers screaming in fear, she dropped them one by one to the crowd below.
Thankfully, several U.S. service personnel from the nearby Osan Air Base were waiting on the ground below. With blankets spread open to try and catch the falling children, all three remarkably were able to survive.
They were begging the mother to drop the baby but she was reluctant to let them go. “You could tell she was scared. She didn’t want to,” said First Sgt. Melanie Scott. “I remember her screaming (at) the baby, ‘I love you, I love you. …’ Next thing you know she dropped the baby.”
After the children were safely out of the building it was the mother’s turn, she had to jump there was no more time. By then the flames of the fire were out of control, smoke billowed into the air. They tried to cushion the fall as much as possible beneath the blankets and then “she flew out of the window like supergirl.”
After getting to the ground safely, U.S. personnel reassured the mother saying, “you’re alive, you’re alive!”