One can only imagine the fear and hopelessness felt by those stuck in the Grenfell Tower as a raging fire licked through the building from the ground up, trapping families, including little children.
As the fire raged and salvation seemed even more impossible, a desperate mother took a very risky decision to save her daughter by throwing her out of their apartment on the fifth floor.
The little girl can be seen in a photo with her eyes closed while her saviour looked up at the fire above in horror. Sadly, it is believed that her mother died in the fire which claimed several lives. The little girl was treated by paramedics at the scene and Pat was taken to a hospital.
20-year-old Kadelia Woods, a resident, said:
“The mum had the little girl’s head wrapped in a towel and was holding her out of the window and was screaming for help. The fire was raging like crazy. It was about 2 a.m. and the flat was filled with smoke. Pat was calling: ‘Drop her, I’ll catch her’.
“A woman was gesturing like she was about to throw her baby, if somebody could catch her baby. And somebody did and a member of the public, a gentleman, ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”
Pat’s heroic catch evoked great emotion in everyone who heard about it and saw the photo. His is one of many acts of great heroism that have emerged in the aftermath of the worst fire in Britain for decades.