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horrifying accidents. >> one scream rose above the rest, a real scream of terror. >> brutal beatings. >> i was saying oh, my god. oh, my god. i can remember doing that all the way. >> terrifying moments. >> i just waved my hands back and forth. pointing at the woman on the train tracks. >> in the face of danger. >> we all figured something is happening. we have to do something. >> they didn't stand silently by. >> i'm a mother. that's my instinct. >> instead, they placed themselves in harm's way. >> just wanted the baby to be fine and okay. it's a horrible way to die. >> to save the life of another. >> it all happened so quickly.
just reacted. >> ordinary people in extraordinary situations. >> i wanted to be superman, hold it back, i could see it starting to go over. >> "caught on camera: to the rescue." welcome to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. have you ever witnessed a crime, a scary accident, or someone in serious peril? hour did, and though they could have shied away from danger, each of these ordinary citizens chose the opposite, to step in and help out. a fire rages through an apartment and trapped inside the inferno is a terrified 4-year-old boy. cory owns a variety store on the first floor of the building. after hearing someone scream, a
little boy is in the building, he grabs a ladder from his store, climbs the fire escape, and is first on the scene trying to rescue the child. >> i was trying to make my way inside. i couldn't. the smoke was way too much. >> stuck outside the window, he can't reach the child and with smoke enveloping them he knows the boy desperately needs oxygen. >> i told him, just breathe. breathe outside and make sure you keep breathing. >> things aren't looking good. but to his relief, firefighters soon arrive on the scene. >> i see a ladder setting in place and bringing up one of the firefighters. as soon as he came up i let him know. i said, there is a baby inside of the apartment. you could see him right at that window. try to get him out. >> but relief quickly turns to despair when he suddenly hears the unthinkable. >> all of a sudden i heard the firefighter saying, boy, where did you go?
i said, where did he go? he was just right there. what happened? >> in the midst of the rescue he believes the child may have been frightened by the noise, and now he's run straight back into the smoke-filled apartment. seconds could mean the difference between life and death, so he heads back over to help the fireman. >> it was just me and the firefighter at this point. he jumped over the bannister and and i now went halfway into the apartment hoping to see him bring the baby. sure enough i see the firefighter coming with the baby in his arms and i grabbed him. >> carrying the limp child down the fire escape, he knows he must act fast. >> i decided to lay him down right there. the firefighter said give him oxygen of course.
that's what he needs. the baby was foaming at the mouth. foaming at the nose. i was scared for his life. i couldn't think of anything else. i just wanted the baby to be fine. i wanted him to be okay. it's a horrible way to die. >> the whole experience is a morbid deja vu. at the age of 12, he lost his father in a fire at their apartment in romania. >> my father was trying to put the fire out. he was fighting the fire and in the apartment. i tried to make my way back in to see how is daddy? there is no way i could have gotten back in. the minute i tried to even attempt to go back in, i felt like my skin is burning. if it was in my power, if i could have done it, i would have done it, of course. but my father never made it. he never came out of the apartment alive. >> he is determined to do whatever it takes to save this child.
using a curtain to shield the child from falling debris, he begins cpr. >> i cleaned his mouth and nose. i put my hand under his head to try to support the neck. i pressed on his chest a few times, after which the baby regained consciousness, opened his eyes, and it was the most perfect thing ever. >> he grabs the boy and hands him to firefighters. it takes a little maneuvering but finally they're guided off the fire escape through another apartment. >> ah, please. anybody else would have done it. >> but you were there. >> i was there. >> the man is a bona fide hero. >> the little boy identified as 4-year-old christopher is rushed to jacoby medical center for treatment. he suffers from the effects of smoke inhalation and a broken rib. >> when i picked him up the second time, when i twisted my body, that's when i snapped one rib right here.
but that's better now. >> now happy and healthy little christopher even stops by to visit several times a week. >> he's got a problem with school or a child on the block he says i want to talk to billy. so he comes over. the family says oh, my god. here he is. he wants to talk to you. and he's full of life. he's a happy child. i love that about him. i have never seen him upset. and he finds comfort in everything he does. i think he is going to be a great man. >> i play with them. >> oh, you play with them. >> i hope one day he can return the favor by helping other people if it comes in his power. coming up, a man in a wheelchair takes on a would be robber. >> it all happened so quickly. i just reacted. a woman falls into the path of an oncoming train, and a man tries to save her. >> i just got to the corner of the tunnel and waved my hands back and forth pointing at the woman on the train tracks. and two robbers attack at an
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it's a quiet night at the food stop convenience store in vancouver, british columbia, and longtime customer larry scottnick is at the store surfing the internet. >> seems like an ordinary saturday night. lots of traffic coming in and out. there were a few other customers in the store, myself, in the store at that time. >> the store co-owner, cindy, is the manager on duty. >> i was serving my customer here, larry, and this customer comes in my store and he goes, he needs to buy tobacco along with a lottery ticket and papers.
i say, yes, no problem. >> but cindy and larry notice the man is acting a little strange. >> you could tell this customer you have to watch him like a hawk and make sure everything is okay. >> he seemed on edge and maybe under the influence of alcohol or drugs. skittish. i just got these bad vibes. i was thinking he was going to grab some merchandise and run so i kind of was keeping an eye on him. >> when larry turns his attention back to the computer, cindy heads to the counter to wait on the man. >> i told him we only take cash. he said, yeah. i got cash. he goes i got only american. i said yeah. no problem. we love american money. while i was ringing in the items he handed over $50 fake to me. as soon as he put it in my hand i notice it's fake and i said it's fake money. >> when cindy refuses to take his money, the man becomes irate. >> he started using filthy language. i said i'm going to call the police. he said give my money back. i said no. let the police come. then you can have it back. >> he goes okay. i'm going to rob you. >> pushing his way behind the counter, the man begins fighting
with cindy. >> first he was trying to reach for the cupboard. then he tried to grab that tobacco from my hand so i kind of hit him and he tried to hit me back. >> that's when larry comes to her aid. >> i tried grabbing him from behind the counter. it didn't quite work so i opened the door and tried to grab him again and couldn't quite reach him. then all of a sudden he was just there so i got him in a head lock. he must have had ahold of cindy because once i had ahold of him, she kind of like flew over the top of us and landed on the floor also. >> while wrestling the man, larry falls out of his chair. >> i became really strong, and i remogz positioned my hold on him. i think he was really scared. >> larry is able to pin the man to the ground but he is concerned the man may wiggle loose and retaliate so he cries out to the three other customers watching the fight. >> i had to tell them, grab this guy. grab this guy. you've seen the video that they did grab him and actually
followed through for quite a while. >> i'm talking to the girl on 911 and i told her what's happening inside the store. then she is telling me by law you can't hold him down. you have to let him go. i said why would i let him go when i got good citizens trying to help me out? >> the man fights with the other customers for several minutes but eventually he gives up. police arrive at the scene and remove the man from the store. no charges are filed against him as police find no evidence of a robbery. none of the bystanders who restrained the man is arrested either. for his bravery, larry has received praise from thousands of people online. >> thousands of messages from strangers just thanking me. lots of messages from people in wheelchairs want to be my friend on facebook. responses from all over the world. i'm glad people appreciate what i've done. i'm touched that i've touched other people. >> he says some folks may have preconceived notions about
people in wheelchairs, but there is really nothing they can't do. >> the only thing i can't do is walk, run, jump, and kick. i am fully capable of doing everything else and sometimes better than the average able body because you strive so hard at being able or independent sometimes it's just tougher to get a job done so we have to work harder at it to find better and newer ways of getting things done. >> larry doesn't like to think of himself as a hero but he'll always be one to cindy. >> we need to have more people like larry on this earth. the way he helped me out, that was great. he's my hero. coming up, a man mows down a florida professor. >> after the bumper hit my temple area here i became unconscious. a spill puts one boston commuter in danger.
december 2009. fort lauderdale, florida. professor john hill is in his yard when he notices a man pulling his car onto the grass of one of the properties hill owns across the street. >> he pulled into the property very recklessly, and so i made a move to him to not do that. >> the man is frank parker, the father of one of professor hill's tenants. in the past, professor hill has repeatedly asked him not to park on the lawn. he was met with a few unkind words. but today parker reacts in a way professor hill could never have expected. >> he became very irate, very hostile toward me, began to approach me with profane language. i was very afraid. this guy is a big guy. i definitely didn't want any
physical confrontation, so i began to get back from him. >> but it's too late. parker, enraged, jumps into his car and heads straight for professor hill's yard. >> when i saw him coming towards me with that tremendous speed, doing the donuts and 360s in the yard, i said, i need to get out of here because he could very well come over and just crush me where i'm standing. >> professor hill runs for his life. he takes off down the street. but to his horror, parker is right on his heels. >> he came out of the 360, came out of the driveway, and began to follow and pursue me to run me down. >> marvis is just leaving his mother-in-law's house when he witnesses the terrifying scene. >> he was running from the car and he got between the tree and and the car was coming behind him and i said don't run over him. >> i was running down the sidewalk to try to avoid the
car, the impact. i thought i could make that by running to the telephone pole to protect me. i looked back and that's when i began falling. i said to myself, oh, lord, why am i falling? please don't let me fall. >> with professor hill on the ground, parker steamrolls right over him. it's all caught on a store security camera. >> when he ran over him, i was shocked and i said oh, lord is this the movies or what? because i didn't know -- i never seen nothing like that. >> i remember the immediate onset of the impact, the bumper. my head lifted because i was trying to raise up to probably move and get up and run again and after the bumper hit my temoral area here on the side, i became unconscious. and i don't remember anything after that. >> after running over professor
hill, parker gets out of his car and begins swinging at a bystander who witnessed the crime. >> i see when he shut the car off. and he hit some little boy that was in front of the car. he hit him. and then he ran in the store. >> but he's not in the store for long. >> that's when the guys came out. they were jumping on him. the guys were hitting him because of what he had done. he ran over mr. hill. and they know him and everything so that's the reason why they were fighting. >> with parker subdued, the crowd quickly turns their attention to professor hill. who is still trapped under the car. >> and then my wife ran up there, looked under the car and said, he's breathing. police officer paul brown is heading back to the station when someone in the crowd flags him down. >> a citizen came over to me and said, officer, there is a gentleman under the car. so i looked under the car and there was mr. hill lying face down under the car.
basically from what i saw, i knew he was in great pain. so on the count of three they lift. >> just lifted up and it felt easy because there were so many of us picking the car up. tilt the car just like that right now, and we let him hold the car until the officer pulled him from underneath. i don't know where i get that strength from, but we got it up off of him.
then after we got it from underneath, i told everybody to let the car down real easy and we laid it down easy. >> when he came on i did not want to move him much because i don't know what kind of injuries he sustained. i did not want to aggravate those injuries. so i kind of let him stay still and just reassured him that help is on its way. less than two minutes later, paramedics arrive on the scene. >> my hair was severed from my scalp due to the impact on the sidewalk and all of the cartilage has been wasted away. now it's all sutured to my scalp. i have stainless steel screws, approximately eight, holding my pelvis together where it was pulled apart and dislocated from the impact. very painful injury. and as of now, i have some hearing problems. >> professor hill undergoes five surgeries and is confined to a wheelchair for 12 weeks, but he considers himself extremely lucky to be alive.
>> i feel blessed. that's the term i would like to use. and i feel that there is purpose as to why i'm still alive. i truly believe that. >> parker is arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. he is convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison, immediately followed by ten years of probation. despite experiencing the worst in human nature on that day, professor hill knows he also experienced the best, the kindness and strength of strangers saved his life. >> shows me that there is true mankind still in existence and people still like that. all of us. coming up, a blind woman brutally attacked on a seattle bus. >> it was really shocking. i remember hearing people screaming. and a terrifying accident at an iowa state fair. >> she was doing whatever she could to hold on to his arm and
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welcome back to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. many of us ride public transportation every day and whether we're on the bus or on the train, we tend to keep to ourselves. but what happens when a typical trip turns into a life or death situation? in our next stories, the people you'll see may have surprised even themselves with their quick reactions. a woman falls from a subway platform, and bystanders wave frantically to try to stop the oncoming train. >> i was just too scared. you don't want to take anybody's life. >> it's november 6th, 2009. bill lynch waits for the train at boston's north station after leaving his job as an usher for the boston celtics. >> it was about 10:30 in the
evening, and we're coming home from the celtics game. we're waiting for the train to come in. >> while waiting, bill notices 26-year-old sophia, who is smoking a cigarette near the end of the platform. >> it's funny. both of those venues that i work at have a no smoking policy and i was almost going to go over there and tell her there's no smoking. but i stopped and thought better of it. into the station, sophia moves dangerously close to the edge of the platform and appears to try to put out her cigarette. bill is watching her closely. >> she wavered back and forth and ended up going into the tracks. at which time i went over to her and i tried to yell to her to get up, but she didn't move. i really wasn't sure whether she was dead or alive. >> with the train quickly
approaching, bill knows he needs to act fast. >> i looked back, and i saw people trying to wave the train down so i said, i better do that. that's the only thing left to do at this point. i got to the corner of the tunnel, and just waved my hands back and forth and pointing at the woman on the train tracks so she'd get some idea of what we were doing. i don't think she would have been looking for anybody in the middle of the tracks. >> sharis lewis is driving the train when she sees bill waving at her. >> as i'm coming in, i notice a lot of people on the platform but particularly this one guy that's really frantically waving and he was really on the edge of the platform. i'm like, okay. you really need to move or you're going to fall in. so i initially i am slowing
down because my concentration is on him. >> when she looks down into the pit where bill is pointing she notices a shadowy, moving figure. >> like okay. that's not supposed to be there. that's a little bit too big. and i noticed there's someone in there and then, you know, automatic reflexes. put the train in emergency brakes and just stop. you know, the train, you don't have that automatic stop, so it was still moving, and it was just like stop the train and pray for the best. and as we're coming up, i can see the train go over her and that just scared me even more because i'm like, oh, god. she's not going to make it. >> i wanted to be superman and just try to hold the thing back because i could see it starting to go over her. >> the train finally comes
and i was crying. jeanie wasn't but i was crying and i asked him why did you hit her? >> but when the man approaches jeanie again the other passengers physically restrain him and it's not easy. >> there was three guys holding him. one guy had him around the chest. one guy had another arm. they were struggling to restrain him. you know, they were all kind of
screens, most of the store's die-hard gamers are too absorbed in their video games to notice there is trouble. dylan is hanging out at the cafe that night with his friends. >> i thought it was maybe somebody just goofing off or something so we weren't really aware that it was happening when it happened. once they hit devon, we all kind of figured, okay. something is happening. we got, kind of have to do something. once he hit me, my glasses flew off. i was pretty much distracted. then the other guy was still kind of in my face. >> shaken, devon continues to go for the panic button when suddenly one of the robbers hits him again. >> when they hit me the second time, that's when somebody
grabbed my cell phone, stole that, and then one of the guys goes and sees money on the counter. it was a dollar. grabs it and starts asking the customers for money. >> they just started coming around telling everybody to empty their pockets, give them whatever they had, give them all the money and some guys just handed over loose change or liky
ago, and it cost about $130 bucks and i wasn't letting it go. >> but refusing to hand over his valuables only makes the masked men angrier. >> he put up his hands like he was going to hit me and kept you th,ink i'm playing? i didn't say anything. i just stood there and stared him right back in the face, and then i saw him wind up and all that ran through my head was oh, this is going to hurt. and then he hit me. >> that's when dylan's anger overcomes his fear. it's time for revenge of the nerds. >> when i was growing up gamers were considered, you know, not cool. i got teased a lot. they came into our place and tried to kick us around, and i don't like being kicked around. >> with no sign of a weapon present, dylan rushes his attacker and begins pushing him toward the front door. >> just kind of bum rushed him. i think he was expecting the
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