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The Lawyer Who Was Dropped From a Window

1212042444_5056 Boston-area lawyer William M. Sheridan Jr. doesn't talk much about the day he was dropped out of a window. In fact, he doesn't even remember it. After all, he was only seven months old when it happened. But the drop was captured in mid fall in a dramatic amateur news photograph that went on to win international awards for the photographer. It all happened 30 years ago this week, and a piece published today in The Boston Globe describes the scene captured in black-and-white:

A father leans out of a smoke-choked second-floor window. Just released from his grasp, his infant son hurtles backward through the air, pudgy arms flung wide. On the sidewalk below, a throng of men stare up at the baby. One holds his arms up, fingers splayed, ready to make the catch.

Just moments before, the father had done the same with Sheridan's twin sister, Nichole. Minutes later, firefighters were able to rescue Sheridan's father and mother before the blaze destroyed their South Boston home. Sheridan, now 30 and a father himself, says he has no recollection of the event and has shown the photo to no one outside his family. According to his profile on LinkedIn, the Massachusetts School of Law graduate is currently enrolled in the graduate tax program at Boston University School of Law.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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