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Jackson Teen Makes Catch Of The Day

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Saturday the Konopacki household was busy setting up for 18 year old Austin's graduation party. On the surface, he seems like a pretty normal kid.

"These are random pictures of when I was younger that my grandma wanted to throw in there,” said Austin with a laugh.

But beneath that mild mannered demeanor and friendly smile lies a heroic spirit.

Austin was working Thursday, repairing a manhole with his cousin’s construction and maintenance company, when he saw a baby near a third story window.

"I heard the screen crack so I ran over there immediately,” Austin said, “and the screen sort of fell out and was just dangling there. He was just laying over the window sill."

The baby dropped, falling head-first toward this pile of cinder blocks. Amazingly, Austin caught the child. Police say he likely saved the baby's life.

“Right place at the right time, and definitely prevented most likely a tragedy,” said Jackson Police Lieutenant Elmer Hitt.

When asked what was going through his mind at that moment the baby fell, Austin said only, “Don't drop him. Make the catch."

It was a split-second moment of heroism that literally left Austin's family and friends in disbelief.

"His boss called my dad and my dad told me and neither of us really believed him so we went down to where he was working and we checked it out and saw the broken screen," said Amber, Austin’s sister, who continued that without actually seeing the proof, she would not have believed her brother’s story.     

Austin's reluctant to accept call himself a hero.

“Everyone’s coming up to me saying oh you're such a hero and stuff. I just feel like I did the right thing. I'm happy he's alright and I'm happy I was there to catch him."

But on the day of his graduation party, as the tents are pitched in his backyard and the food laid out for guests-friends and family eager to celebrate Austin's accomplishments, they certainly have a lot to be proud of.

Six news attempted to reach the family of the baby, but could not. Police say the baby suffered a minor head injury and is currently receiving medical attention at an Ann Arbor hospital.



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