Home Depot Worker Saves Baby's Life

Alaska employee Chris Strickland displays heroism on the job

Home Depot Worker Saves Falling Baby

When you're "on the job" it means you have to be ready for anything. And Anchorage, Alaska, Home Depot crew worker Chris Strickland has just proved he's got the right stuff. Strickland was recently caught on camera lunging over to grab a baby that was about to fall off a shopping cart in the store.

An image of the rescue was submitted Monday by Strickland's brother, who said, "My bro made a nice save at work the other day, and they got it on video, so I thought I'd share with you all." (See below for video.)

An article by msn.com commended Strickland for "not stopping to think." "Get this person a drink," proclaimed a post on LiveLeak.com. The story has also appeared on Reddit.com.

Strickland's heroics could have been avoided altogether, as was pointed out by msn.com; the baby should never have been placed atop the cart as they cannot be secured properly.

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Sis Rose Rs

To those who say he isn't a "hero" and didn't save the baby's life:

My adopted son was dropped by his biological father, just dropped from a little above waist level as this shopping cart is (he was not thrown, there were witnesses), and suffered a head injury. Today he is 10 years old and on the cognitive level of a 5-year-old. He has a hard time speaking correctly, has fine motor issues, developmental and educational delays, it takes him dozens of times of trying before he is able to learn new concepts. He may never be able to live on his own, but it is too young to tell right now.

The baby falling out of the shopping cart like that could have suffered the same fate, if that man hadn't caught the baby from falling!! So yes, in essence, this man very well could have saved the baby's life, or at least could have saved the baby from having to live a very tough life for the rest of its life.
We don't know what could have happened to this baby because of the negligence of its parents putting it on top of the cart. Thanks to this man, we'll never have to know!!

January 16 2014 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Very quick thinking and well done!

Not, however, my definition of a hero. A hero puts himself at risk for others. All he risked was some bruises from hitting the floor. Still very commendable!

January 16 2014 at 4:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

great catch.. but saving the babys life? come on…. i doubt the kid would have suffered serious injury let alone die… stop trying to dramatize news...

January 16 2014 at 4:43 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Sis Rose Rs

gmsexton, please read my comment, which was posted after yours. The child could have suffered permanent damage!

January 16 2014 at 6:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Terri Black

PLEASE do NOT have children.

January 16 2014 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Terri Black

I was replying to "gmsexton"

January 16 2014 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

They ran a Lowe's commercial before running the story, good job, ha ha.

January 16 2014 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The sad possibility exists that Human Resources will decide that this hero needs to be fired

January 16 2014 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Shawn's comment

Had he worked at Wal-Mart, he would have.

January 16 2014 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ishmale Whale

I hope your wrong...But some corporate bean counter could decide any possible injuries to the baby from being caught by an employee is to risky. It would of been cheaper to allow the baby to fall and blame the incompetence of the parent and the car seat maker.

January 16 2014 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Terri Black

The idea that ANYONE could put money before a living creature takes my breath away. The evilness of that is beyond my understanding.

January 16 2014 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

What I would really like to see is the video of the parent(s) being taken away in handcuffs for so blatantly neglecting their child!

January 16 2014 at 8:41 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

STupidity always gets rewarded. I am talking about the person who like the child alone.

January 16 2014 at 8:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

let's see if home depot does the right thing by giving him a big bonus like that airport worker who saved an infant that fell off the baggage conveyer belt. he'll probably just get a merit badge and that'll be it.

January 16 2014 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Fordon

OK, good for him being in the right place at the right time. But the title says "saves baby's life". Falling out of a shopping cart might give him a bruise and make him cry, but life threating????

January 16 2014 at 7:46 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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LA is Best

If the baby had fallen to the floor he could gone to work for the O regime!

January 16 2014 at 7:29 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Terri Black

Look, I hate O too, but d a m n.

January 16 2014 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Damned ... you're still mad because he won again in spite of you voting for the owner of the dancing horse. Couldn't get rid of that gift wrapped bale of hay, huh? Ya coulda ground it up in a smoothie and increased your fiber and you wouldn't be full of that stupid crap you keep thinkin about!

January 20 2014 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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