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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:24 PM

The Birthday Wish: Meeting fireman who rescued him

10-year-old Texas boy abandoned as infant gets birthday wish: Meeting fireman who rescued him

Published November 16, 2012

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas When fourth-grader Koregan Quintanilla was talking with his classmates about where they wanted to go more than anyplace else in the world, his answer wasn't an amusement park, sporting event or kids restaurant. It was "his" fire station. Koregan was abandoned in 2002 at an Arlington fire station when he was just a few hours old. Texas' Baby Moses law allows a parent to leave an unharmed infant up to 60 days old at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. Child Protective Services then takes custody of the babies.

On Thursday evening, Koregan got his wish for his 10th birthday. He met the Arlington firefighter who saved him, rode on a fire truck and toured the station. He hugged Arlington firefighter Wesley Keck and said he was "very nice."

Keck said he was excited about seeing the boy for the first time since finding a baby carrier outside the station on a cold November morning. He said he did a double take before rushing outside. He moved the blanket aside and saw a sleeping baby, then gently picked up the carrier and walked inside to tell his colleagues the shocking news, he said. "I announced that somebody had left us a gift," Keck said Thursday. "I checked him out, and he seemed fine. I don't remember him crying. I held him, and he slept a lot. I have four kids, and some of the other firefighters are fathers, so taking care of babies wasn't new to us."


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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:56 PM

1. Perfect story for thankgiving. Kudos to all.

Common enough to read about the actions of firefighters, seldom we read their words. Their hearts are in their work for all of us. How very well he expressed it:

"I announced that somebody had left us a gift..."

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