Vancouver teen saves baby from 2nd-story fall

Damon Davenport


by KGW Staff

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Posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 6:15 AM

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver teen was being hailed as a hero Monday after saving a baby from a two-story fall.

The teen didn't even have time to explain to the baby's dad what was happening, he just rushed past him, climbed out on a ledge and grabbed the 18-month-old boy, according to Fred Neiman with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The father didn't know that his two-year-old son had moved the baby's crib over to a window and then pushed through a broken screen onto the second-floor roof Sunday afternoon.

After that, the two-year old walked along the ridge-line and fell.  Deputies said he landed in damp soil near a sidewalk and was taken to a hospital in good condition.  A 13-year-old boy who was playing football nearby heard the thud and noticed that the toddler's baby brother had also crawled out onto the roof.

Then, the teen, Damon Davenport, ran into the apartment, tore through a screen, climbed out on the ledge himself and safely retrieved the baby.

“I opened the window, pushed the screen out and grabbed the baby. Then I handed him to his dad," Davenport told KGW.

What did his dad say? [KGW reporter Art Edwards asked]

"He said, 'thank you very much for saving my son.'"

How do you feel about that?

"I feel proud!” Davenport said with a grin.

On Monday, the two-year old was already back with his family, recovering at home with no serious injuries.