Firefighters reinstated after breaking policy to saving girl’s life

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Two volunteer firefighters are back on the job after a suspension for violating policy.

On Feb. 27, Capt. James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom responded to a toddler having a seizure while in the car.

“As a parent, you feel extremely helpless to be unable to assist the most important person in the world during such a time of emergency,” Brian Nunamaker, the child’s father, told WTTG. “Worst case scenarios run through your head while you are hoping for the best. The eternity of waiting for help to arrive was surprisingly non-existent in this situation. I was surprised at how quickly help had arrived in the form of a fire truck.”

Nunamaker says his daughter was limp when Kelley and Bloom arrived at the scene.

The pair said the girl was turning blue and they didn’t think the child could wait for an ambulance to arrive. They decided to rush the girl to the hospital in the fire truck, which is a violation of the department’s policy.

“I would not hesitate, I would do the exact same thing 100 percent, 10 times out of 10,” Kelley told WUSA. “I sleep well at night knowing I provided good care to that young lady.”

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