Firefighters Become Babysitters for 2 Young Kids After Parents Are Rushed to Hospital

April 13, 2019 Updated: April 18, 2019

There’s never a dull moment in the lives of the nation’s first responders. And mercifully, sometimes, the chaos is far more fun than frantic.

Posted by Harrisburg NC Fire Department on Friday, April 13, 2018

Firefighters are the community’s heroes, but did you know that they’re also great at babysitting? The crew of Engine 3 in Harrisburg, North Carolina, recently swapped their protective gear for children’s toys as they stepped up to help a family in need in a most unconventional way.

Father of two Steven Taylor fell seriously ill at home on Feb. 22, 2019. Tonya, his wife, called the emergency services, and the Harrisburg fire department arrived promptly with a crew of emergency medical personnel. However chaos ensued as the young family and medical staff rallied to help Steven. Before long, Tonya was also in need of assistance, and both parents were escorted to the waiting ambulance.

Sometimes we do what needs to be done. So was the case at a medical call last night. The parents of these two guys…

Posted by Harrisburg NC Fire Department on Friday, February 22, 2019

It quickly transpired that somebody had to stay behind to look after the children.

Steven and Tonya’s two sons, a 1- and 7-year-old, both frightened and confused, needed supervision. Their grandparents had been called in haste and were on their way from the next county, but their journey would take time. For the firefighters left in the wake of the ambulance, it was a no-brainer.

They rolled up their sleeves and summoned their very best babysitting skills.

Posted by Harrisburg NC Fire Department on Friday, February 22, 2019

Proud of their versatility, the Harrisburg Fire Department shared their 30 minutes of moonlighting on their Facebook page. “Sometimes we do what needs to be done,” they wrote. “So was the case at a medical call last night … It was going to be about 30 minutes till Grandpa could make it from another county. The crew of Engine-3 to the rescue!”

Describing their willing team as “awesome kid sitters,” firefighter Lee Dewitt described the team’s unexpected play date with endearing enthusiasm. “We played hot wheels with the 7-year-old,” he continued, “and Cooter took him outside and around the block.” Firefighter Chris Carter seemed to have particular fun with the 7-year-old’s “little car,” perhaps reliving the games of his youth!

Posted by Harrisburg NC Fire Department on Friday, February 22, 2019

All in all, it seemed that Tonya’s call for help had inadvertently found the perfect “mannies” for the job.

“We love our community,” the fire department signed off.

None of the men within this team of first responders has their own children, but onlookers would be forgiven for thinking that they were childcare veterans themselves. A chance to play games on the job? Perhaps it was just too irresistible to pass up.

Posted by Tonya Taylor on Friday, March 30, 2018

“We all knew what needed to be done,” said Carter. Steven and Tonya desperately needed urgent medical attention, so it “just became natural,” Carter wrote, for the fire department to watch the children.

Tonya and Steven, recovering from their unexpected ordeal, are forever grateful. “I wanted to thank the Harrisburg Fire Dept!” Tonya responded, on Facebook. “Words can’t express how grateful we are you were there for us. We appreciate all of you for helping us.”

Who knew that “professional childcare” was a forte of the town’s fire department? Harrisburg at large has never felt safer.

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