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Reporter Saves Baby From Sinking Car

January 5, 2000

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ A routine weather story turned into a daring rescue for an Evansville Courier & Press reporter who saved a baby from a car sinking into a rain-filled ditch.

General assignment reporter Kevin Kinnaird was working on a story about a storm Monday when the southern Indiana road he was on became flooded. Looking in the rear-view mirror of his sport utility vehicle, he saw a small car slip nose-first into a flooded ditch.

No longer a journalist making observations, Kinnaird raced to the sinking car as the driver called out to him.

In a front-page story in Tuesday’s edition, he wrote: ```Take my baby, take my baby,′ was all she said, as I neared the passenger door.

```Don’t worry, we’re going to get you out of here,′ I remember telling her twice as I clutched the car’s roof. She handed her 13-month-old son, Isaiah, to me as the swift, cold water rushed over my legs and against the passenger door.″

Kinnaird carried the infant to safety. Another person rescued the mother, 24-year-old Mitzi Bolin.

When Kinnaird got back to the newsroom, his editors were impressed, and asked him to write the story up just as he remembered it happening.

``I didn’t think it was that great of a thing, really, but everyone else here did,″ said Kinnaird, who has worked for the paper for three years.

Managing editor J. Bruce Baumann said the newspaper will do a follow-up story about the woman and her baby.

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