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Huntsville firefighter describes rescuing child from burning apartment

Josh Cochran (Source: WAFF) Josh Cochran (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The two children injured in a Huntsville apartment fire have been upgraded to fair and good condition. Meanwhile, one of the firefighters who saved one of the children is also recovering from his injuries.

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Josh Cochran suffered a separated shoulder and nerve damage carrying one of the victims from the burning building along with three other firefighters.

"Some people think we're crazy because people are jumping out of windows and we're going in, but it's just what we like to do," Cochran said.

Flames were shooting out of the apartment building when fire crews first pulled up.

"We saw flames. I jumped off the truck and grabbed a line. A couple firefighters went in and started coming out with the first kid. And so I went and helped them. As I was coming out, stepped on a spot on the deck where it had burned and fell,” said Cochran. “Left arm popped out of socket and popped back in socket. We got up and finished taking the kid downstairs."

His injured shoulder was the furthest thing from his mind.

"You could see his chest was rising and falling a bit, so we were in a hurry to get him out. They teach us in rookie school, risk a little, save a little, risk a lot save a lot," he said.

Cochran's injury is only temporary. But he has a tattoo on his wrist that always reminds him why he chose to be a firefighter.

"It's a thin red line in remembrance of fallen firefighters. I had the rubber bracelets for a while, but they kept breaking. So I had a fellow firefighter who does tattoos part-time put it on," he said.

Cochran compares saving a life to scoring a touchdown. But celebrating after it's over is just not his style.

"I don't feel like I'm a hero. I just like doing what I'm doing," he said.

Cochran said the grandmother of the two boys who were injured thanked them for saving their lives.

He's expected to return to duty in two weeks.

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