Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Suspensions Lifted for Firefighters Who Transported Toddler

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Suspensions Lifted for Firefighters Who Transported Toddler

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. Handed a toddler who was unresponsive and turning blue, Capt. James Kelley of the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department had a choice to make: wait perhaps 10 or 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive or rush the child to the hospital in a fire truck in violation of policy. He broke the rule. And he and the trucks driver were placed on administrative leave, which was lifted Monday after the childs father hailed the firefighters as heroes for possibly saving his daughters life. Brian Nunamaker is not alone in his appreciation for the actions of Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom. Kelley said he received messages of support from across the country, and even from the United Kingdom, since the suspensions were first reported over the weekend. Also, a Facebook page advocating their reinstatement had received more than 7,600 likes by Monday evening. …

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