Video Shows Workman Diving To Catch Baby Falling off Sofa: 'Dad Reflex'

Reddit users have heaped praise on a HVAC worker who made a spectacular dive to catch a falling 1-year-old child.

New York State-based Redditor wheresmydolphin shared a video of the daring dive in the Subreddit "HumansBeing Bros," a 3.1 million-strong group dedicated to people doing incredible things.

The post was titled "local HVAC contractor dives to catch my 1 year old," giving a glimpse of the incredible reaction that would be on display.

The 58-second-long clip, recorded on January 11, starts with two workers moving a large unit as a father holds the main door open so they can remove the bulky item.

Keen to help out, the dad places his son on the sofa before shifting a chair out of the way—giving the two workers a clear path to the door. But nervous viewers would have spotted the baby move on the sofa and must have winced as the child appeared to fall.

Not missing a beat, one of the workers dives to catch the baby and carefully held onto him until the dad picked him up.

As of Monday afternoon, the video has been upvoted more than 113,000 times and attracted dozens of comments.

It did not take other Reddit users long to heap praise on the worker, with many also noting how quick children can be on their feet.

One poster said in the comment section: "People don't know how fast kids really are. I've done some diving myself."

A second user commented: "One-year-olds are the slipperiest thing in the known universe. Good catch."

Another commenter simply added: "F***ing give that dude a raise."

A fourth said: "That is some dad reflex energy."

One Reddit user revealed that watching the clip was a somewhat terrifying experience.

He said: "As a new dad myself, this is my worst nightmare. My daughter is fearless and will run towards the end of the bed full steam. Needless to say she isn't allowed on the bed unless mom or dad are with her."

The original poster later shared his view of what happened in a reply, writing: "My local HVAC contractor and apprentice were in the process of replacing a broken gas boiler and I set my 1-year-old son on the couch who is now more then capable to lift himself up and down safely. I turned around for a split second as seen in the video and I see the contractor diving. I couldn't thank him enough afterward. Definitely treated my son like his own."

Newsweek has contacted wheresmydolphin for comment.

In 2021, a California family publicly thanked an anonymous jogger who selflessly rescued their pets from a house fire, after alerting them through their Ring doorbell.

The jogger's actions led to the family's two dachshunds, a rabbit and cat being saved from the fire, which was ultimately contained to the garage.

Scotts Valley homeowner Courtney Polito told ABC7 at the time: "I saw him running back and forth. So I answered it and he said, 'hello, do you see there's smoke coming out of the top of your house?'"

Stock image of baby on sofa
Stock image of baby on sofa. In a video on social media, a worker dove to catch a falling baby. Getty/tatyana_tomsickova