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A group of young men in Dallas, Texas are being hailed as heroes after helping six people, including a one-year-old baby, escape a devastating apartment fire.

When the fire began just before 7 am on November 21, second-floor resident Charlie Wilson sounded the alarm by banging on doors and waking up sleeping residents.

First-floor resident Jerrell Worthy, who had just moved into the building a few weeks before the blaze, got some residents together to help her move her new mattress outside to help rescue the residents on the upper floors.


“I hollered for a guy to help me drag my one big mattress out for the people to jump down on,” she told Dallas News. “I had just got that big, thick mattress, but I was glad to get it used that way.”

Bryan Campbell, 21, happened to be driving by the building when he noticed the fire, so he rushed over to help. He noticed Shuntara Thomas calling down to him from the third-floor window with her baby in her arms.

“The young mother was holding her baby and yelling, ‘Can somebody catch my baby?’” Campbell told Dallas News. “I just said, ‘Trust me, I'll catch her!’ My first reaction was ‘Don't let this baby hit the ground.'"

Then Thomas dropped the baby out of the window.

“After she dropped the baby I hurried up and curled him up and caught him real good. And I hurried up and took him away from the fire and got him to the fire department lady,” he told Fox 4.

“I didn’t want my daughter to lose her life,” Thomas told the KXAS news channel. “He told me: ‘Just trust me. I got her, I got her.’ So, without even thinking, I just dropped her.”

“Throwing my baby out to a complete stranger... Without him my child’s life would not have been saved,” she said.

After the baby was safely rescued, the good Samaritans helped five more residents on the third floor jump to safety with the aid of Worthy’s mattress.

“Everybody held the mattresses on both sides and we told everybody just aim for the mattresses,” Darren Hicks, a man visiting friends who helped with the rescue, said.

Although the building had to be bulldozed and many residents lost their possessions, everyone in the 24 units escaped. Two residents and one firefighter were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After the fire was put out, the Dallas Fire Department declared the young men heroes.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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