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Teenager catches baby falling from window

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Cannon Jamison is a very lucky two-year-old boy. He's lucky to have 14-year-old Cary Clevenger as his big brother's friend.

"I guess God just had me at the right place at the right time," Cary said.

Two weeks ago, the older kids had just left the Jamisons' second floor game room to skate board outside. No one realized Cannon had stayed behind. Cary then heard a little voice above his head.

"I heard him say, 'Hey!' And I looked up, and he was up there. And I was like, 'Ooh - the window's down.' So I told him, 'You need to step back from the window, go downstairs,'" Cary said.

However, like most two-year-olds, Cannon had a mind of his own.

"He was trying to be cute and funny and hitting the screen with his hands and putting his face against it," Cary said. "Then he hit it even harder, and he fell."

Cannon tumbled from the window and bounced off a wall lamp before falling into Cary's waiting arms. They both hit the ground, unharmed.

Cannon's mother, Christie Jamison, had been cooking in the kitchen.

"When Cary came through the door and said Cannon fell out of the window, my heart just sank," she said. "I was pretty sure he'd hand me a not alive baby."

Jamison took her son to the emergency room, just in case. She said although her baby was fine, she has trouble forgiving herself.

"It makes you feel like a horrible parent, but it was a relief," she said.

The family has now taken precautions. The window where Cannon fell from now has guards that only allow it to open five inches.

Jamison hopes other parents learn from the near-tragedy. "People don't think stuff like that happens. It could easily happen."

Meanwhile, Cary has been recognized as a hero by his principal at Dahlstrom Middle School and by his church.

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