CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Chicago Police officers and several Good Samaritans are being hailed as heroes after catching two young boys jumping from a burning building.
Flames shot out of the side of a two flat near 116th and Michigan in West Pullman.
“I don’t feel like we are heroes, I just feel God just put us in that place. He used us.” said Police Officer Samanthia Smith.
Officer Smith wears a sling after her heroic act. Smith and her partner, officer Kevin Tate, were heading back to the 5th District Police Station Tuesday night when they saw smoke in the distance.
The officers rushed to this scene and heard two young boys screaming.
“We went around the side of the house where they were and we could see them push the rest of the glass out of the window,” said Officer Tate.
Officers Tate and Smith, along with Good Samaritan Bernard Jones, huddled together with their arms outstretched. They yelled to the 8 and 15-year-old brothers, telling them they had to jump.
“I was in a bad fire before and I had to get my niece out, so I know, you can bake in one and that is one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through,” said Bernard Jones
“I’m grateful for what they did and I appreciate it. God bless them,” said Michael Wooden, the uncle of the rescued boys.