Dad throws twins from burning building

Last updated 08:27 19/12/2013
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SAFE: Israel Codner, left, and his twin brother, Ishmeal, both 11 months, were thrown to safety from a burning building.

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A desperate father dropped his twin baby boys from the third storey of a burning building - to the safety of a "hero" postman's arms.

New York postman Jermaine Shirley was getting ready for work when he smelled smoke drifting through his New York apartment building.

He ran around the complex banging on doors to get everyone out, but when he got outside he saw a neighbour, Everdean Codner, with his wife and 11-month-old twin boys, calling for help from their third-floor apartment.

Shirley climbed up onto an extension of the building and told the Codners to drop the baby boys, Israel and Ishmeal, from the fire escape.

He told the New York Post he was "ready to catch" the boys, one by one.

"One of them, he kind of flipped a little because he was in a full onesie suit, but I catch him,” Shirley said.

The babies fell unscathed into the postman's arms, and the rest of the family managed to jump from the fire escape.

Codner described his neighbour as a "hero".

"I thank Jermaine for saving my babies. Now I have a second chance to be a father to my sons,” he told the newspaper.

Shirley remained humble about his life-saving catches.

"They dropped the babies down and I catch them. I just thank God that everyone is safe - my wife and kid - everyone is safe. I would want everyone to do the same for me," he said.

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