Firemen perform storybook rescue

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Brenda Naki
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Firefighters recall how routine becomes miracle

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Just this past week, I had the opportunity to meet a group of heroes. 
Schofield Federal Fire Department personnel became first responders when a baby was delivered in a car, here.

I decided to scoop out the nitty-gritty on a great human interest story.

“B” Watch Capt. Ron Wong (right), firefighter Jeff Kuret and driver Ron Yuen alongside their engine at Schofield Barracks Fire Station.After a few phone calls, my ace detective skills led me to Schofield Station #15, where I discovered the “B” watch crew consisting of Capt. Ron Wong; Ron Yuen, driver; and firefighters Jeff Kuret and Ian Perry.

I could tell right away that they had a great working relationship because they squabbled like siblings, teasing each other with a familiarity that puts anyone at ease, almost instantly. But, I could sense the dedication and professionalism that makes men like these great guardians.

According to Wong, the call in question came in as an eminent birth. They suited up and jumped into their fire truck  and away they went.

Arriving on scene, they found the mother-to-be inside the car on the street. The mother’s intuition must have kicked in because mom said the baby was going to be delivered soon, and from there, things progressed rapidly.

Donned in their response suits, the firefighters set up and started monitoring vital signs and offering support to the about-to-be parents while all waited for an ambulance. 

Before an ambulance could arrive, however, everything broke loose — including mom’s water.
The ambulance and baby arrived simultaneously.

There wasn’t any time to transfer mom to the ambulance for delivery, so nature took its course and the baby was born in the family car.

As soon as possible, mother and son were moved from the car into the ambulance and sped off to the hospital.

The team said that it was a good day since they mostly deal with sad situations such as fires, accidents and unknown-situation calls. 

The experience, according to Kuret, just goes to show that “routine calls can turn into miracles.”
Hearing stories like this reminds me about the people we see every day, not realizing that they are heroes, too. 

Like the blood donor who, by a few minutes of giving blood, saves someone’s life; the school crossing guard who watches out for our kids’ safety; the Little League coaches who serve as role models for kids; and the volunteers who take meals to people who otherwise might not eat a hot meal that day.

I think you get the idea. So, the next time you pass an ordinary person on the street, just think, they may be an unknown hero.

You might be one, too.

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