Phillip Blanks Wiki – Biography
Phillip Blanks, who now works in the security industry, used to play American Football and said that when he ran in to catch Jameson: ‘There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it.
Phillip was filmed by a witness on a mobile phone as he ran in after hearing calls to help. Seconds later, he caught Jameson Long in his arms after the boy was thrown from the flames.
Phillip Blanks Age
Phillip Blanks is 28 years old.
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Catch a Boy from 3rd Floor
Phillip Blanks, 28, was filmed by a witness on a mobile phone as he ran in after hearing calls to help. Seconds later, he caught Jameson Long in his arms after the boy was thrown from the flames. The toddler’s mother Rachel Long, 30, did not survive the blaze, with Phillip telling ABC: ‘She’s the real hero of the story because she made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children.’ Phillip, who now works in the security industry, used to play American Football and said that when he ran in to catch Jameson: ‘There wasn’t much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it.
The boy was ‘twirling in the air like a propeller’ as he fell but that luckily ‘I know how to catch’, Phillip said. ‘I just did my best. His head landed perfectly on my elbow’. He added: ‘I can definitely credit to the Marine Corps for instilling this good training in me to save a life. I don’t see myself as a hero. A person trained to do my job is trained to protect people.’ Jameson and his big sister, eight, were taken to hospital with burns and are expected to survive.
Eyewitnesses stated that Rachel was on fire at that time, but rather than jumping herself to safety, she went back in for her daughter Roxanne and sadly, did not return. ‘Reports say a passerby kicked in the door of an already engulfed apartment and heroically saved Roxxi. ‘Rachel, 30, was a mother, a wife, a sister, daughter, and granddaughter. She was a beautiful, spirited young woman who always lived life fully and on her own terms. She was the light of her daddy’s life. She is truly a hero. She made the ultimate sacrifice for her children. ‘Corey, her husband, has no home now and both children are currently hospitalized.
He is facing costs of at least 8 surgeries for Roxxi. Please contribute if you feel led to help the Long family in these horrific times. They need our prayers and our finances.’ Footage of the rescue begins showing a raging fire on the balcony of the family’s apartment. Phillip, in a red T-shirt, is seen running towards the apartment where he dives to the ground and manages to catch Jameson seconds before he hits the ground. He then sprints away with the boy in his arms, with witnesses heard urging hit mother to get to safety. Up to 100 firefighters were called to battle the flames on Friday morning last week in Pheonix, Arizona. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A GoFundMe for the Long family has since raised more than $19,000 (just over £15,000). The fundraiser states: ‘Rachel was able to make it to the balcony, where she dropped her son, Jameson, to neighbors waiting below.