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Stroller and baby roll into Lake Michigan, rescued by off-duty firefighter

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An off duty firefighter saved a baby who fell into Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon on the South Side.

A lady with a baby strapped in a stroller was standing at the 31st Street Harbor near where an off duty firefighter was working on his boat, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said.

As the off-duty firefighter returned from his car to retrieve some tools, he heard the woman screaming that her baby was in the water, Rosado said.

The off-duty firefighter dived into the water and found the baby stroller facing downward with the wheels up, Rosado said.

The firefighter held the stroller in the air while swimming to a nearby ladder leading out of the water where the baby's father was waiting, Rosado said.

The baby was crying profusely but was not harmed, Rosado said. The baby was not hospitalized and did not receive treatment.

It is believed that a gust of wind caused the stroller to roll into the water, said Rosado, adding that it happened very quickly.

The parents thanked the firefighter for saving the baby's life, Rosado said.

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