Georgia girl, 10, catches baby thrown from burning building

Friday, July 26, 2013 10:52 AM
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DECATUR, Ga. — As fire engulfed their apartment building, a 10-year-old Georgia girl stood beneath a second-story window and caught a newborn dropped to safety by its desperate mother.

Now, Zna Gresham is being hailed as a hero for catching the baby, one of three young children dropped from the window Thursday at the Arbors at North Decatur in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur.

“The lady upstairs, she was dropping her babies,” Zna said in an interview with WSB-TV. “I caught the newborn baby from falling; before it hit the ground I had caught it.”

The family upstairs, with three young children, had no choice but to drop the three children, said DeKalb County Fire Battalion Chief Christopher Morrison.

“The smoke was rising so quickly to the upper floors, they couldn’t make their way outside their upper apartment into the hallway because of the smoke,” Morrison told WSB Radio. “They just went to a window and they threw the child outside to the people, to the neighbors, down on the ground.”

The other two children, ages 2 and 3, hit the ground and sustained minor injuries in the fall, fire officials said.

Two adults were also hospitalized, and they were also expected to survive. The blaze appeared to have started in a kitchen in a first-floor unit of the complex, authorities said.

Zna credits her aunt with holding a door open and helping her and other relatives escape the fire, allowing her to then go outside and catch the baby.

Zna said she could barely understand what the mother in the second-floor was saying because she is Haitian and speaks a different language. But she understood enough to know that she would need to catch the baby.

“In our family we take care of our neighbors, no matter what,” Zna said.

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David Parker
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David Parker 07/26/13 - 11:00 am
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Amazing. Just no other words

Amazing. Just no other words

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/13 - 12:27 pm
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A ten year old can do amazing

A ten year old can do amazing common sense things and react quickly. An older person would have probably messed up.

mllange
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mllange 07/26/13 - 12:51 pm
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Speechless

"In our family we take care of our neighbors, no matter what." -Zna Gresham.
What a mouthful for a 10year old!! Very wise words from a very wise child.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/26/13 - 12:54 pm
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Most truthful words I've read

Most truthful words I've read in this newspaper in a long time. Comes from a 10 year old. "No matter what".

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/26/13 - 12:56 pm
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Riverman, you are right.

Riverman, you are right. Chipper Jones would have been thinking of the hooters waitress down the street and would have dropped the baby.

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David Parker 07/26/13 - 01:33 pm
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circle one

envy or just plain hate?

#10 will always pwn you and he would have made the catch just to keep it real.

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Darby 07/26/13 - 04:16 pm
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GAD - In the interest of fairness...

I have edited your post.

"Chipper Jones would have been thinking of the hooters waitress down the street and would (probably) have dropped the baby."

Darby
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Darby 07/26/13 - 04:17 pm
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At any rate, isn't it really great to have an

upbeat story like this rather than what we've been dealing with for the last week?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/26/13 - 05:24 pm
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It is, Darby. It surely is.

It is, Darby. It surely is.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/26/13 - 05:26 pm
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And David Parker, maybe

And David Parker, maybe Chipper would have made the catch as long as he wasn't in his uniform. He never would take a chance to get THAT dirty!

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rmwhitley 07/26/13 - 06:08 pm
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She is a
Unpublished

person who should be celebrated nationally.

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justthefacts 07/26/13 - 09:30 pm
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Typical

Ignorance is bliss.

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corgimom 07/27/13 - 08:11 am
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GiantsAllDay, that was

GiantsAllDay, that was priceless!

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jmo 07/27/13 - 08:18 am
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I wonder what.....

the thugs on Page 1 would have done in this situation?

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