Phillip Blanks, 28 years old, become a hero by chance in Phoenix. Blanks was in his friend’s apartment when he heard a commotion from another house. After that, he immediately ran outside with barefoot, and witness the top floor of the building was in fire and enveloped in smoke. Then he saw a woman on a third-floor balcony with a child. The fire quickly spread behind her.

“People started yelling for the lady to throw her kids down,” Blanks said. And then, the woman decided to throw her child over. “I immediately got tunnel vision of the baby and somehow managed to catch him,” Blanks said.

Blanks played high school football at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan then Kalamazoo Valley College before going to College in Mission Viejo, California. Phillip Blanks has lots of passes in his career as an American football player. No one could have been as great as his diving grab last week. Because the fire happened at the building in Phoenix on July 3. Philip Blanks shared that he just actioned with his instinct. The secret is that he learned played the American Football when he was a student. Even though he isn’t a professional player, he helped the child carefully. Phillip explained that he just tries his best to catch the child but don’t think too much. When he caught the baby, he tried to hold the child’s head perfectly in his elbow. This skill is an automatic reflex that proceeds from American football experience.

Although the child survived flames then were hospitalized with injuries, the mother died in the building. Police and appropriate authorities were investigating the origin of the fire but they said that it involved a trick of someone. 

Moreover, Phillip Blanks also show admiration to the mother who sacrificed herself for saving her children as the ‘ real hero of the story’ he told KABC-TV.

“She made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children.”