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An airport security guard saved a baby from injury reported the Telegraph on December 17, 2013.

Grzegorz Paczek, a security guard at the Katowice International Airport in Poland, dived across the room to save a falling toddler.

The toddler’s father had set his son on the security conveyor belt after clearing security and was putting on his jacket when the toddler started crawling towards the edge of the table.

Paczek was standing about 16 feet from the baby when he noticed the baby was going to fall, and he dove toward the toddler right before the boy reached the floor.

"I noticed the child was sitting on the table and he looked a bit off balance, and then he began to fall forward,” Paczek said in an interview with the Telegraph.

“I was standing four to five meters away and I realized I had no chance of stopping him fall so I just threw myself along the ground with my arms outstretched. It was an instinctive reaction.”

Cezary Orzech, a spokesman for the Katowice Airport, stated that parents need to watch their children when traveling, especially around the holidays.

“This is a warning to all parents: you can never predict what a young child is going to do,” airport spokesperson Cezary Orzech told the Telegraph. “But it also shows the airport staff not only check to see if anybody is carrying dangerous items but also care for the wellbeing of the passengers.”

Although Paczek received a bonus for his heroic action on November 23, 2013, he states he's not a hero.

I don’t feel I’ve done anything heroic,” Paczek told the Telegraph. “I’m just glad the child wasn’t hurt. He started to cry when I caught him but his mother soon calmed him down.”


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