12/23/2013 07:20 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Hero NYC Postman Jermaine Shirley Catches Two Infants Tossed From Burning Building (VIDEO)

When a fire broke out in a New York City apartment building last Wednesday morning, Jermaine Shirley acted in the most courageous way possible.

The U.S. Postal Service worker was on his way to work when he smelled smoke coming from his six-family apartment building in Williamsbridge, according to WABC.

Not only did he rush back in to warn other residents of the fire, he also helped a family trapped in a third-floor apartment get their infant twin boys to safety.

“I heard them in the back screaming for help, so I ran back there,” Shirley told WABC. “It was quick thinking.”

He made his way to the back of the building, climbed atop a shed and had the babies' father, Everdean Codner, toss the children down, according to the New York Post.

“They dropped the babies down and I catch them," Shirley told the Post. "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."

The 11-month-old boys, Israel and Ishmael Codner, are both fine though one received treatment for a minor injury following the incident, according to News 12.

“I thank Jermaine for saving my babies. Now I have a second chance to be a father to my sons,” Codner told the Post.

H/T: The New York Post



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