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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A local family is counting their blessings tonight after a father's quick actions saved his children as fire ripped through their home.

It happened yesterday morning on mitchell ridge road, in fall branch.

A day later, Jonathan beck and his two children, Jonathan and Neveah are all recovering at a local hospital.

The youngest is Jonathan. He's just two-years-old and luckily walked away with only stitches and four-year-old Neveah had to have surgery to fix a broken femur and knee. Finally their dad, the man who is being called a hero, suffered a few broken bones and stitches.

Regardless of broken bones, the Beck family doesn't have a broken spirit, they are just happy they are all around to celebrate the holidays- together.

They had just gone to sleep. It was 6:00 A.M. Tuesday when Jonathan Beck was woken up by heavy smoke in their Mitchell Ridge Road apartment.

"I opened and the heat alone singed off all my hair and stuff," said Jonathan.

The door knob was so hot it burned Jonathan's hand, so he went to plan B.

"So, i shut the door back and i used my hand to get through the window and clear the glass out," said Jonathan.

His plan? To go out the window from the second story.

Jonathan told News Channel 11, "and i went to drop her down and she told me i don't want to go out the window daddy and i was like you dont have a choice you have to."

After he dropped 3-year-old V, 2-year-old Jonathan was next.

"I jumped on down and as soon as I hit the ground I mean I never quit moving," said Jonathan.

The Beck family rushed to a nearby home to dial 911. While Jonathan's wife, Amanda, was on her way home from work when she got the call.

"I could barely make it down my driveway. There were ambulance, fire trucks and everybody was everywhere," said Amanda.

Firefighters would battle flames for quite sometime and the ambulances would rush Jonathan and his two kids to a local hospital.

Jonathan said that he wasn't even thinking he just knew there was no other option to save his babies. 

"I think any daddy would do what I did," said Jonathan, "any real daddy would."

The Beck's apartment was destroyed.

"You can replace all of it," said Amanda. "The apartment, the clothes the toys, Christmas. You know, all of that stuff can be replaced, a person can't."

This Christmas they may have no presents under the tree, or even a tree to put them under, but one thing they do have is each other.

The Red Cross is helping the Beck family get back on their feet, but they tell us it's like starting over, because they lost everything they own.

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