The Latest: Firefighters who transported toddler reinstated
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on two volunteer firefighters suspended for transporting a toddler to a hospital on a fire truck (all times local):
Two volunteer firefighters in Virginia who were suspended after rushing a toddler to a hospital in a fire truck have been reinstated.
Stafford County Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Lockhart says the two members of the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department were returned to operational status Monday.
Capt. James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom were placed on administrative leave while officials investigated the Feb. 27 incident. Kelley says they responded to a call about an 18-month-old girl having a seizure. Kelley knew it was against the rules to use a fire truck to transport someone in medical need, but he decided he could not wait for an ambulance. The child’s father, Brian Nunamaker, says the firefighters are heroes.
Kelley says he’s grateful for an outpouring of public support and glad to be able to get back on a fire engine.
A volunteer firefighter in Virginia who was suspended after rushing a toddler to a hospital in a fire truck says he has no regrets.
Capt. James Kelley tells The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/21TSJ3E) that his decision late last month to transport the 18-month-old girl after she suffered a seizure was “a no-brainer.” Another member of the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department, Sgt. Virgil Bloom, also was suspended.
The child’s father says the firefighters are heroes. The firefighters have received an outpouring of support on a Facebook page advocating their reinstatement.
Kelley says he was aware of rules against using a fire truck to transport someone in medical need, but he disregarded them because it was unclear when an ambulance would arrive. He and Bloom got the child to the hospital within 13 minutes.