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W.Va. Volunteer Firefighter Saves Drowning Baby

The 23-year-old has been a volunteer for seven years where his father serves as chief

By Brandon Glass, Times-News

Andrew Bell was swimming at Swallow Falls State Park on Sunday when he heard a woman scream for help.

As a volunteer with the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, his instincts kicked in and he swam over to see what was the matter.

In the water, Bell recalled Tuesday, he found an unconscious baby, which, when he turned over, spit out water. After making sure the baby was breathing, he called for an ambulance.

“I was actually swimming there and I jumped off a rock and I heard her screaming, so I swam over to see what was wrong,” Bell said. “The baby was under water, (I) picked it up, it was unconscious, so I put it on its back for a little bit and it started spitting up water and I called the squad and they responded out.”

As an Oakland local, Swallow Falls State Park happens to be one of the places where he swims. His response, he said, was him just doing his duty.

“Me as a first responder, I feel like it’s my duty to do it, even if we don’t get alerted to it,” Bell said. “It’s still my duty to go help that person.”

Read the full story here.

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