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Family thanks firefighters for saving baby boy's life

POSTED: June 18, 2014 9:44 a.m.
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Barrow firefighter Brett Skinner hands Bradley back to his mother Kim Stone.

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A local family recently took the time to thank a couple of Barrow firefighters who helped save the life of the family’s brand new baby boy.

At 7:07 AM on Thursday April 3rd, Communication Officer Molly Jenkins received a frantic 911 call requesting help for a pregnant lady.

"My husband was at work and my step dad came to help," commented Kim Stone. "My daughter was there with us and we were scared to death as I was only 29 weeks along."

Med 6 and Engine 6 were dispatched to the home. Firefighter/Paramedic Brett Skinner and Firefighter/EMT John Vangotum arrived first on Med 6, with Lieutenant Kevin Locke and Firefighter Nic Bourchier arriving shortly after on Engine 6. Upon arrival of the crews, Bradley Stone had already been born but was not doing well.

"They came in and just took control of the situation," stated Mrs. Stone. "They took Bradley and helped him and I am so thankful."

Due to the condition of Bradley, a second ambulance was requested to transport the mother so the crews could concentrate on treating Bradley. Med 1 responded with Lieutenant Klint Harris and Firefighter/EMT Brad Vangotum and took care of Kim.

Brett Skinner and Lt Locke worked hard to stabilize Bradley, who weighed in at 3 pounds 14 ounces. They rushed Bradley to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he would spend the first part of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

"My sons NICU doctor was so impressed at how well he was taken care of when he was transferred to his care," commented Mrs. Stone.

Bradley spent 40 days in the hospital before he was released.

On Saturday June 14, the family had the opportunity to meet and thank the crews that responded in their time of need. The family arrived at Station 6 with smiles and thank you cards for all that were involved in the incident.

"We can't thank them enough for what they did," stated Mrs. Stone. "The doctor just raved about what a great job they did and we are just so thankful that they took care of our little boy."

"Our job is one that can be a very stressful one, with a lot of horrific calls," commented Interim Chief John Skinner. "When we have days like this, where a family can come by and you see a life that you helped save, it makes it all worthwhile. The crews that responded that day did an outstanding job and I am very proud of all of them."




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