Extraordinarily Agile Orlando Tourist Honored for Catching Falling Baby


Helen Beard, a 41-year-old British mother, was lounging by the pool of Orlando, Florida’s Econo Lounge on Thursday when she heard “a horrific scream” coming from the babysitter of a 1-year-old child who was falling from a hotel balcony. Quick on her feet, Beard caught the baby, Jah-Nea Myles, with her bare hands. Myles had slipped through the balcony railing, but she was fine, safe in the arms of a heroic tourist. Today, Beard was given a “Medal of Merit” by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Florida state Department of Children and Families for showing “unusual instinct and initiative.” Just, you know, feel good about this. [CNN]