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Virginia Firefighters Suspended For Saving Toddler's Life

Two firefighters, Captain James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom, were suspended for rushing an 18-month-old girl suffering seizures to a hospital in their fire engine.

The two were the first to respond to reports of a young girl having a seizure at a McDonald's restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since the nearest ambulance was 10 minutes away, they took her to a hospital in a fire engine. They were able to make it to the Mary Washington Hospital's emergency room within 13 minutes of the family's emergency call.

Yet, instead of praise, they received discipline. The family is now defending the firefighters. The Nunamakers said that timing was "extremely important" when it comes to a patient suffering from seizures.

Brian Nunamaker, 39, said "My wife and I are extremely grateful for the assistance provided by the first responders, 911 operator, medical staff at Mary Washington and VCU, and the passerby that stopped by to assist. 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."

Of the firefighters, Nunamaker said that he and his wife Stacy felt "terrible" they had been suspended. He added, "They simply had the best interests for our daugther's care in mind."

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