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UK Firefighter Leaves Blaze For Birth Of His First Child

BBC News:- A firefighter “on the hose” at a blaze was released from duty after his wife went into labour early.

Toshwa Dennis, 38, was at a scrapheap fire in Highgate, Birmingham, on Saturday when the call came.

Hearing the news made Mr Dennis “kind of freeze up”, but he managed to make it to hospital in time to witness the birth of Savannah.

His daughter, who weighed 6lbs 10oz (3kg), and her mum Stacy, 38, are “doing well”, he said.

The blaze was “pretty developed” when he “put the hose down” late in the afternoon as a colleague was calling him over.

“I ran over to him. I was thinking he was calling me for something to do with the job and he said we got a phone call from control – she’s gone into labour and she’s on the way to hospital.

“I didn’t know what to do… when you’re on the job, your mind is just focused. After I got my wits back, it was like I got back into mode… [I would] get myself to hospital.”

The firefighter said he went back to Highgate fire station before driving himself to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Stacy had been due to give birth next month

Savannah, who was due on 4 September, was born at 19:40 BST.

Mr Dennis, from Sutton Coldfield, said he was “very grateful” and appreciated the service’s efforts.

He said it was only a week ago that a colleague suggested he should give fire control’s number to his wife.

“If he hadn’t said that, I wouldn’t have made it.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. st lucia times , your news headlines can really really suck at times , from your headlines it seemed to me like the individual just walked out on his job which was not the case after reading the article !!

  2. St. Lucia Times,
    I strongly believe you can do better than that.

    I shudder to think that you business is about making money money money and not think about the damage you can do to one’s character by your sensationalizing of your headlines to sell newspapers.

    I know you guys can do better than that…. so show us you CAN.

    Down with the appologies….

    Do it better next time.

  3. BBC is the one to blame for the clickbait headline (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-49466737); the state of ‘journalism’ today is head-shaking.

    However, St Lucia Times is always in the habit of ‘borrowing ‘ news from regional/international outlets with ABSOLUTELY NO ATTRIBUTION. If I had nothing better to do with my life, I’d inform these sources every time St Lucia Times posted an unattributed story. “By Staff Writer” indeed. News outlets should set the example in encouraging respect for copyright and intellectual property.

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