Police and fire crews work together to save lives in east Tulsa apartment fire


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/06 9:51 pm Published: 1/06 9:50 pm


A diaper and a blanket were the only protection an 11-month-old had from the bitter cold as he was tossed off of a burning balcony and into the arms of a waiting police officer.

FOX23 has been following this story since it was breaking news around 6 a.m.

The fire broke out at the Whispering Oaks Apartment Complex in east Tulsa.

New at p.m. Monday, FOX23 went to Fire Station No. 22 for a look at this child's amazing rescue.

While fire crews were getting the call about this fire, the father of an 11-month-old baby boy was making some quick decisions on how to save his life.

Johnny Harrison was asleep in his apartment early Monday morning with his father, his girlfriend Adrienne, and his 11-month-old baby, Jayion.

"I just woke up to thick black smoke and we tried to go out the front door and couldn't make it.

It was already engulfed in flames and it was glowing orange like it was daylight in the front," said Harrison.


Frantic, he tried opening the door, but flames shot in and he had to go to the back of the apartment.
He says his biggest concern was getting his young son to safety.

"We just had to get out and he had to go first. That's my baby, you know what I mean. I just wasn't even thinking," Harrison explained.

With no way out, the only thing he could think of doing was going out the back balcony window.

His girlfriend Adrienne had the same thought.

"I saw Officer Franks and at the time I didn't know who he was and I was like, help, help there is a baby over here that needs to get out of here," said Adrienne.

Thankfully, that police officer was standing below to catch little Jayion.

We're estimating the distance from the balcony all the way to the ground is about 12 feet and that's how far Johnny had to throw his son to the waiting police officer.

With his baby safely in the arms of the officer, Johnny and the rest of the people inside the apartment were able to jump to safety.

"He was rather calm for the situation. He didn't know what was going on. Just coughing and when he got out he didn't need to be treated or anything like that," Harrison said.

Red Cross is assisting 10 families with food and clothing. The Whispering Oaks Apartment complex has placed those families in other empty units.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

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