State presents local volunteer firefighter with lifesaving award
Holiday season could have turned tragic...except for the quick actions of a local volunteer firefighter.
And recently, the state recognized him...presenting him the life saving award'.
Wtva's daniella oropeza joins us in the studio with her exclusive interview.
Emily, the blaze was caused by a heater that caught a live christmas tree on fire.
Assistant chief wink briley of the palmetto old union fire department told me it was a numbing feeling...arriving on the scene and seeing an unresponsive baby.
En la navidad pasada."
Chief for the palmetto old union fire department) oropeza / lee county) "just seeing a child that's not breathing...it's really hard."
For the last 20 years, wink briley has served as a volunteer for the palmetto old union fire department.
And it was two days after christmas, that briley received a call like no other.
"and we went back to the scene, and we found the lady...the young lady with three children.
One of the...the child was not breathing."
This is the home located off county road 261 that caught fire.
Briley and his wife, whose also a volunteer firefighter, were the first ones on the scene.
"so my wife at the time got the child and handed it over to me and i started cpr."
That's when briley said his life saving training kicked in.
"you're trying your best to do cpr to get the baby alive.
You're not really thinking about nothing else but saving that child and i think that's what we did."
Earlier this month, the mississippi firefighters association recognized briley's heroism...presen ting him the life saving award'.
"i said, wow!
This is really awarding.
I wasn't expecting nothing because i mean that's our job of saving people."
I hoped to reach out to the family of the rescued 7-month-old, but was told a language barrier made it difficult to identify the family.
"as we took the child to the medic, we could not find the mother or the father.
As of today, we can not find the mother or father."
So if you know the family who lived here, the palmetto old union fire department asks that you share this message with them... favor de contactar los departamentos de bomberos de palmetto, south lee o shannon.
Se an recaudado fondos monetarios en su causa, por las perdidas ocurridas en la navidad pasada.
We never received an update on the infant boy's condition after that incident.
Briley credits god, his wife and other local first responders for the rescue.