Konrad Lightner and his wife Jennifer were moving out of their apartment building when they noticed a pair of children throwing toys out of the window as they went inside to grab another load. When they came back outside, they saw the toddler swinging his leg over the window sill and immediately dialed 911.
"The child climbed out of the window and was actually hanging out on to what appeared to be a telephone line or a cable line,” Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert told KABC-TV Los Angeles. “They placed the mattress underneath the child, and at that point the child released and fell to the ground.”
"It feels like I watched a TV show, like it didn't happen to me," Konrad Lightner said.
Lightner also used his arms to help break the fall when the child let go after clinging to the wire for about 40 seconds, and together they fell to the mattress. Firefighters arrived on the scene soon after and although the three-year-old was taken to an area hospital for precautionary tests, no serious injuries were apparent.
“We were just moving the rest of day and every once in a while we'd look at each other and just be like, 'That happened. That was real,'" Jennifer Lightner said.
The child’s mother told KTLA that “I’ll never be able to repay them for what they’ve done for us.”
"I'm not a hero," Konrad Lightner said. "I just walked by and just tried to help. Just something happened and were there.”
The Lightner’s told KABC-TV that they had been stuck inside an elevator for 30 minutes earlier in the day, a delay that put them on schedule to be in the right location at the time of the boy’s fall.