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Fearless Father Jumps After Toddler Who Fell Down 70-Foot Incline - Would you?
July 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I saw this in The Stir - Would you do the same for your tot?

Fearless Father Jumps After Toddler Who Fell Down 70-Foot Incline
Posted by Kim Conte on July 27, 2011

When a Salem father named Ramiro Vallejo saw his 3-year-old son tumbling head over heels down a steep, 70-foot slope, the last thing he was thinking about was his intense fear of heights.

The two, along with the boy's mother, had been hiking in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon when the boy slipped off the trail. Without a moment's hesitation, Vallejo jumped over the railing in an effort to catch his son before he fell into the pool at the bottom of the 177-foot waterfall. Talk about fearless!

Thankfully, this is one nightmare that had a happy ending. Somehow Vallejo was able to maintain a controlled skid on his back down the slope and was able to catch up to and grab his son. They both came to a stop on a ledge about 70 feet below the trail where a family taking photos nearby helped them down. Both father and son suffered only minor scratches, bumps, and bruises -- that's pretty miraculous given the seriousness of their fall!

Of course, we all hope that in the same situation we'd do the exact same thing to save our child. But after looking at the photos of the very steep Oregon slope and considering how rocky and slippery it is, you can't help but wonder whether you'd actually have the courage to do it. Even Vallejo himself admitted just how scared he was:

I couldn't take that picture out of my head, of my son rolling down the slope. What would have happened if I just stood there? I don't know how I managed to put those fears aside.

This father is truly a hero -- and it's a relief to know that he was rewarded with a happy ending for his brave efforts.

Would you take the risk to save your child?

Replies

  • amonkeymom
    July 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Wow, scary!  I probably wouldn't even think twice about doing what it takes to save one of my kids... heck, like him I probably wouldn't even think once, I'd just do it.

  • HTMommy
    by HTMommy
    July 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM
    Seriously! I don't think any good parent would think twice about saving their kid in an emergency situation. Esp a 3 year tumbling to a giant pool of water.
  • Kaelansmom
    July 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Yes, I would risk my life to save my child.

    Scary scary.. and an awesome daddy :)

  • fineyouguyswin
    July 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM
    I want to say I would but I am afraid of heights.lol I'd be the screaming mom but DH would have jumped right in.
  • earthangel1967
    July 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I am beyond terrified of heights but I think if I thought my loved ones life was in danger I wouldnt think twice.  I would die a slow torturous death if I thought it would save my husband or kids!

  • StarryRain
    July 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Heck yes.

  • StarryRain
    July 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    What a brave dad

  • usmclife58
    July 27, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    OMG!!

    I would absolutely do the same. No question about it.

  • LivinDeadGurl
    July 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM


    Quoting amonkeymom:

    Wow, scary!  I probably wouldn't even think twice about doing what it takes to save one of my kids... heck, like him I probably wouldn't even think once, I'd just do it.

    Exactly.