Saturday, December 7, 2013

Innocence's Hero

If you have not read the prior article on what happened to Innocence Fokker, I encourage you to read so that you can appreciate what is to follow.

When Innocence was discovered not breathing and without a pulse floating in the pool, she was immediately brought inside by her father.  An immediate call was made to 911 and her grandfather began doing cpr.

What was unknown to the family was that two experts were walking in their neighborhood at that time, a firefighter and his wife, a nurse.  American firefighters are very fit, very strong people capable of fighting fires in the greatest of extremity.  But, as I have been told in the past, over 90% of their calls are EMT (Emergency Medical Treatment) calls and they are very advanced in emergency treatment.

As this firefighter received the call on the radio attached to his belt, he realized the address was close by.  He immediately took off at a sprint with his wife following.  He arrived at the home and entered, immediately beginning emergency medical treatment of Innocence.  I do not know the details, but I know that he was maintaining a regimen of 100 compressions per minute and sustained that until the ambulance could arrive and even in the ambulance, then going with the ambulance to the hospital. From there, the earlier story picks up the narrative.

As Ramana commented: "At a cynical age when the medical profession is getting flack for negligence, this is a welcome change."  Agreed, but there are those around us ready to be heroic at a moment's notice, people geared to act and help.  There is not enough gratitude in the world for what they do for people they have never met just because it is the right thing to do, because they have huge hearts and great courage!

To a man I have never met, to a man I do not know, "Thank you!"


  1. He was a true hero, but I do not discount that God put him there at that moment.

  2. There are some wonderful people around. I'm with Delores on this one.

  3. @Grannymar

    Yes. And they always see themselves as just doing their jobs.

  4. @Maria Perry Mohan

    Yes. It is a good reminder for all of us that good people are out there in quiet, large numbers.

  5. That is a magnificent and a man called to duty whilst I guess off duty - who took in the situation and got to work - whether he believed it would be for the good or not - give the man a medal and rejoice that he was nearby when he was dearly needed. I guess Innocence doesn't really know the significance of his help, but in time as she grows up she will...take care Old Fossil.

  6. @cedar51

    I have since learned that he had his radio because he was on-call. But, that does not take away his dedication and what he did. And it turned out that the grandfather, who had worked with kids, also applied CPR before the fireman arrived.

  7. My son and daughter are firefighters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They say firefighters are on duty 24/7, it's not a part-time job.
    blessings ~ maxi


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