Birmingham, Al. Police Officers saved 2 children ages 8 and 5 when chimney collapsed on them

2 children were staying with their grandparents and watching television quietly when the chimney collapsed in the home. 911 brought Birmingham Officers to the scene to the rescue and then some.

On Friday morning Officers were in Children’s hospital delivering smiles and stuffed animals to the two girls that they had rescued the day before when a chimney collapsed in their grandparent’s home as they sat and watched television. 

 

Their grandmother was in the residence when the incident occurred and immediately

One of the victims pictured with Officer Irwin with the Birmingham Police Department
Officer Irwin visits one of thevictims of the incident

called 911 as the girls were trapped under the rubble. Officers arrived and heard the screams of the girls that had been trapped under the brick, mortar, roofing and nails.

The officers dug with their bare hands to free the trapped children finally freeing them. Three officers were identified as Russell, Carter, Dean and Police Captain Paul Irvin among others. The children were taken to Childrens hospital according to the girls’ grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, the older child was held overnight at the hospital for observation. Kennedy said she has a foot fracture, a swollen face and eyes, and other scrapes and bruises. He said the younger child is “coming along great” and was with her father all day.

 

Birmingham Police Department (AL) Major Crimes

Posted the following photos on their facebook page with this notation:

About an hour ago officers from the west precinct were called to a home in the 1700 block of 7th Ave. West where the call stated people were trapped inside a home. Officers arrived and discovered two children 8 and 5 were in the home where the roof had collapsed onto them.

Officers, Russell, Carter and Dean, and others quickly moved bricks, metal beams and other debris and rescued the two children. Some serious injuries were reported. ‪#‎whywelovethisjob

 

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