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Meet the hero with one arm and one leg who saved his family from a fire

THE BRONX (PIX11) - Fidel Morales knows a few things about obstacles. Having lost an arm and a leg in a freak accident as a child, he has had to hustle to build a career at the Dept of Corrections. Little did he know another test awaited, unannounced, early Monday morning two weeks ago.

The fire at his Taylor Avenue home started below — perhaps by candles — and it was clear 12 people would be seriously hurt. Witnesses watched in shock as Fidel first tossed his 19-month-old son from the top floor balcony, then his niece, just 20 days old.

One Arm

With a soft spoken earnestness, Fidel bristles when he hears some call him a hero, instead giving all the credit to his downstairs neighbor Wilgem Herasme, who caught the kids.

Morales injured his knee when he jumped after tossing the kids to safety — his good knee, he jokes.  He and his family have been put up at a homeless shelter since the fire, and his singular focus now, is once again, to get his family out.

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