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Couple carrying mattress saves toddler falling out of third story window

A little boy’s life was saved by a quick-thinking couple, with the help of their handy mattress. Konrad and Jennifer Lightner were at the right place at just the right time to save a toddler from falling onto the concrete below from his third story window in Burbank, Calif. According to My Burbank on March 17, the couple had their mattress in tow, moving from one apartment to another on Sunday, when they happened to look up to see a frightening scene.

Toddler was throwing toys out his window before falling.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

They first saw the three-year-old child, along with his sister, throwing some toys out of the window. Just as they were moving their box springs, the boy started climbing out of the window. He became entangled in some wires right before he fell. The couple quickly threw the mattress down underneath where they thought the boy would land as they also called 911 for help. Konrad then planted himself under the boy to catch him. He ended up doing just that as the toddler fell and landed in his outstretched arms, and the mattress acted like a cushion when he placed the boy on it as gently as he could.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived after the baby had fallen. He was evaluated and taken to the local hospital to be checked over. He is said to only have minor injuries.

As seen in the photos, the boy’s parents looked quite shaken up. They had no idea this all happened until they ran downstairs and saw the scene.

Konrad Lightner was given a personal challenge coin for saving the toddler’s life. He and his wife then continued on with their move, including the mattress which now holds special memories of that particular moving day.

"It was very surreal afterwards. 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,'" said Jennifer.

The clincher to this story is that earlier in the day, the Lightner’s were stuck in an elevator for 30 minutes. Had they been under that window any later than they were, things might have turned out differently.