LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (CNN/WKRN) - A Tennessee boy is being hailed a hero for saving his family and neighbors from a raging apartment fire.
Johnathan Bent, 8, lives in the Oak Grove Apartments in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., about 70 miles south of Nashville.
"I don't like people dying," he said. "I just want them to live."
Early Wednesday morning firefighters received reports that five people, including three children, were trapped inside a complex that had caught on fire.
Video taken by a camera mounted on the helmet of a Lawrenceburg firefighter shows rescuers rushing into the stairwell engulfed in flames. Then, you hear a police officer calling out, "Drop the kid!" And firefighters lower a girl to safety from a balcony.
"Two of my sisters went off the balcony because they picked them up and held them on the edge and then dropped them," Bent said. "And then the policeman catch them."
Bent is grateful his younger sister, captured in the video -- as well as his two other siblings who were rescued -- made it out alive. Neighbors in the apartment complex say Bent's quick thinking also saved their lives.
"He comes and starts knocking on neighbors' doors. He was running everywhere. Knocking on this door, knocking on that door saying, 'Help! Help! Fire! Fire!'" said neighbor Sean Johnson.
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