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CFL Players Help Save Woman’s Life

September 23, 2002

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ A woman who jumped from the fourth floor of a burning apartment building Sunday was saved when a group of football players with the Edmonton Eskimos were able to break her fall.

Fifteen players from the CFL team live in the downtown apartment complex and about seven of them were involved in helping save the woman’s life.

Ron Williams, a running back, ran out of the 12-story building from the seventh floor, passing the body of a man who died after jumping. The man has not been identified.

``She was up there and she said she was going to jump and she jumped,″ Williams said. ``It wasn’t me, it was about seven of us, we just joined hands and just caught her.

``Thank God there weren’t more casualties ... thank God we were in a position to do something about it,″ Williams said.

Williams shrugged off what he and the others did.

``Anybody in that situation would’ve done the same thing I would like to think,″ he said.

Teri Macleod, 24, escaped with just a cut on her knee and said she was grateful to the football players for saving her life.

``The guys were saying, `You’ve got to get out of there’ ... and I said, `I’m going to jump,′ ... and they were all standing there, just looking at me ... and I said, `OK, ready, one, two, three, I’m coming,′ they said, `OK, girl,′ and they caught me and broke my fall.″

Six others were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

None of the players was injured. Their apartments were not damaged but were smoky, according to a team spokesman. The players planned to stay elsewhere for at least one night until the smoke cleared.

The fire is believed to have started on the fourth floor about 4:30 p.m. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion and then thick, dark smoke began filling the hallways.

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