Update: 2 Virginia firefighters reinstated after suspension for transporting toddler in fire engine

  • Source: WTVR-TV CBS 6
  • Published: 03/08/2016 12:00 AM

Two Stafford County volunteer firefighters that were suspended for rushing a toddler to the hospital in their fire engine, have been reinstated. The County’s fire department called a press conference Monday afternoon, where they announced Capt. James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom returned to work Monday at 4 p.m. Capt. Kelley, a 20-year veteran firefighter, said he and Sgt. Bloom decided to rush the infant to the hospital in the fire engine because other first responders would have taken much longer and that delay could have put the child’s life at risk. “I would not hesitate, I would do the exact same thing 100 percent 10 times out of 10,” Kelly told WUSA. “I sleep well at night knowing I provided good care to that young lady.” Stafford County Fire and EMS Chief Mark Lockhart said the firemen were placed on administrative leave as protocol while a matter is under review. “We’ve completed that review and those individuals have been returned to operational status.” he said.


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