A group of North Carolina firefighters have added babysitter to their list of duties, after caring for two boys until their grandparents arrived.
The Harrisburg, North Carolina Fire Department Engine 3 responded to a medical call last Thursday when they had to do a little something extra for the family in need, Fox 46 reports.
Sometimes we do what needs to be done. So was the case at a medical call last night. The parents of these two guys…
Chris Carter, a firefighter for the Harrisburg Fire Department, explained:
“We were dispatched for a medical call and [when we] got there the patient needed to be transported along with his wife, so the parents had to leave with two children in the house.”
Fellow firefighter Lee Dewitt said his crew just felt it was natural for them to step up.
Dewitt told Fox 46:
“We all knew what needed to be done…it just became natural that we were all ready to just take care of the kids until grandma and grandpa were able to get there and take over.”
The grandparents were roughly 45 minutes away from the home. So in the meantime, they all played together with some of the boys’ toys.
One of the firefighters said:
“We played hot wheels with the 7-year-old and Cooter took him outside and around the block. Walked the little boy pushed him in his little car and kept him occupied.”
None of the crew members are fathers and are quite surprised by the attention they are receiving. However, this isn’t their first time being in the spotlight.
In September, the rescuers threw a birthday party for a 3-year-old boy, whose friends had canceled on him.
“It really became a much bigger deal than we expected because it wasn’t something that was a big deal to us. We were just there to take care of Jackson and help him have a good day and everybody in the whole community really appreciated it.”
Fox 46 reports that the boys’ family is very grateful and are planning on doing something special for the Engine 3 crew.