Choking infant saved by Prince George's firefighter
The timing could not have been more perfect. The volunteer firefighters, having just finished dousing a brush fire in Bowie, were just blocks from their station in Kentland. The choking infant girl, having just been loaded into a car by family members trying to find help, was one street away.
The fire truck could not even turn around before the car crossed its path near the intersection of Hawthorne Street and Fire House Road at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said firefighter Fred Caramiello, who was on the truck. And when a young man rushed from the car, cradling a lifeless infant in his arms, the help he so desperately sought was right there.
“I believe God intervened on that one,” Caramiello said. “Because it’s such an imminent situation, who knows what would’ve happened?”
Here's what did happen: Caramiello, still covered in soot from the brush fire, grabbed the baby and began administering back blows, knowing that the child’s airway was likely clogged. The baby spit up. Soon after, it started to whimper and cry.
“And that’s a good sign, because if you’re making sounds, you’re passing air,” Caramiello said.
The baby was soon transported to the hospital, where a family member told authorities she is expected to make a full recovery.
Caramiello, 24, a career firefighter in Montgomery County who lives and volunteers for Prince George's County at the Kentland station is reluctant to accept the mantra of hero. Saving lives, he said, is a part of his job.
“If I can offer someone a second chance at life, then I came and did my job,” he said. “You don’t want to be the guy that tried to revive but couldn’t.”
April 7, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: Fires & Fire Safety , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's
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