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Hero Delivery Driver Scales Building In Downtown Durand to Save Baby

Baby Climbs Out Second Story Window, Nearly Falls to Concrete

Posted by Durand Now at 8:30pm 8/30/18

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Terrifying moments on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Durand when patrons of a local establishment spotted a child climbing out of a second story window.

A witness that asked to remain anonymous spoke to Durand Now about the situation that she says shook her.

She looked up to see the baby, who she believed to be not more than two years old, running back and forth across the building's rear roof.  The child pushed through cardboard covering an open space next to a window air conditioning unit in an upstairs apartment.  She says the baby was close to the edge of the roof on more than one occasion and could have easily fallen.

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Our source called 911 while one of the patrons that initially observed the child climbing out the window, banged on the door to the apartment.  No one answered.

That's when a driver delivering supplies to a downtown establishment sprang into action, using electric meters as stairs, then a pole and the building's bricks, to climb to the roof and rescue the baby.  She said the only way she could describe it was "like Spiderman."  "It must have been pure adrenalin," she said, her voice quivering even a full day later.

The delivery driver, from Van Eerden, a Grand Rapids-based food service distributor, yelled through the apartment window to get someone's attention.  Meanwhile, the patron continued to bang on the apartment door.  Finally, it opened.  Our source said it appeared that boxes or other items had been stacked in front of the door to the room where the baby had been, seemingly in an effort to keep the child in the room.

The delivery driver handed the baby to one of the apartment's occupants; there had been two or three people inside, our source said.  The delivery driver then asked if he could enter the apartment and use the stairs.

Our source said Durand Police Chief Jason Hartz arrived about ten minutes after she called 911 and that he did spend time inside the apartment, but said that it was someone else that alerted Child Protective Services to the incident.  She said CPS contacted her as a witness to discuss the incident.

Durand Now reached out to Chief Hartz on Wednesday evening for information but has not yet received a response.

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