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Hero Firefighter Risks His Life, Starts Performing CPR on Lifeless Baby Right on the Ladder

Brittany Chalmers
Feb 14, 2022
10:20 P.M.
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When firefighters responded to an emergency, bystanders feared the worst. A house was going up in flames when suddenly one of the men escaped the smoke with a baby in his hands—what happened next was unbelievable. 


When Scott Lewis, Laura Kerr, and Bob Swick responded to an emergency in May 2002, they never knew it would be an encounter that would mark their souls forever—but it was. The trio attempted to save a baby and grandmother in Ohio. 

It was a dramatic rescue filled with stress and anxiety as minutes passed, and onlookers started to fear the worst. Flames ravaged the house, and firefighters Lewis and Swick did their best to save lives, but it wasn't easy. 

Firefighter Bob Swick hands baby Chelsea to his partner [left] Firefighter Scott Lewis performs CPR on baby Chelsea [right] | Photo: Facebook/Fairborn Fire Department History



Five-month-old Chelsea Greider and her grandmother were stuck in the house while the little one's mother managed to escape the building. Bystanders were stunned when Swick climbed out of the house with the lifeless infant in his hands.

In a video that captured the incident, Swick could be seen handing the child to Lewis, who instantly took off his protective gear and breathed air into the baby's mouth as he moved down the ladder. The situation did not look good. 

Baby Chelsea Greider and her grandmother are trapped inside a burning house | Photo: Facebook/Fairborn Fire Department History



Firefighter Lewis revealed that he gave every breath he had to the infant and hoped for the best. Greider was then handed over to Kerr, who performed her first pediatric rescue on the lifeless baby.

She shared that the encounter marked her soul and was something she would never forget. Kerr added

“You don’t want to fail the most frail in your society.”

Laura Kerr grabs baby Chelsea to perform a pediatric rescue | Photo: Facebook/Fairborn Fire Department History



After some time, the baby started to wriggle and took a deep breath before she began crying. Kerr was ecstatic to hear Greider's wailing, and she exclaimed with joy.

The trio also managed to save the grandmother, and after the video footage of the rescue went viral, they quickly gained praise for their actions. 



Eleven years later, country singer Tim McGraw also honored them as "Quantum Heroes." He reunited Greider with Kerr and Fairborn Fire Chief Mike Riley.

It was a special moment for all, and while Greider could not remember the rescue, she certainly was thankful to the team that saved her life. 

Laura Kerr is reunited with Chelsea Greider 11 years after saving her life | Photo: Vimeo/Hiker



Firefighters spend their lives rescuing people, and often they don't get to see them again. However, Kerr had the opportunity to reunite with the baby she saved more than a decade earlier. Another firefighter had the same honor.

When Mike Hughes helped a 9-month-old baby escape a burning house in 1998, he never imagined he would attend her high school graduation—but in 2015, he did. The pair stayed in contact, and he witnessed Dawnielle Davison's significant milestone.

He cried happy tears seeing her cross the stage and felt honored to have saved her life. Kerr felt similarly about Greider, and both firefighters would undoubtedly always remember rescuing them as babies and seeing them grow into beautiful young people.  


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