The couple who saved a 3-year-old boy just as he tumbled out of a third-story window in Burbank described the harrowing split-second actions that cushioned his fall.
"Once we saw that his leg was going over the window, Jenny called police," Konrad said in an interview with KTLA-TV.
After the boy got out, he clung to a telephone wire outside the window, spurring a split-second decision by the Lightners to position their box spring mattress below.
"He started crying, and I knew he couldn't make it back to the window, so I just started getting ready for him to let go," Konrad Lightner said.
Forty seconds later the boy let go of the wire and fell about 30 feet into the arms of Lightner, who used the mattress as a sort of landing pad.
The incident at the apartment complex in the 400 block of North Pass Avenue shocked the boy's parents, who were unaware of what had happened until they were notified by a neighbor.