Reinstate Firefighters Suspended After Saving Toddler’s Life

Target: Anthony J. Romanello, Stafford County, Va. County Administrator

Goal: Reinstate firefighters suspended after transporting a toddler to the hospital in their fire truck.

Firefighters are currently on suspension for transporting an unresponsive toddler to the emergency room for treatment in the back seat of their fire truck. When Capt. James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom responded to the 911 call, they found 18-month-old Lena limp and blue after having a seizure. Due to a breakdown in communication, the firemen were unsure how long it would take an ambulance to arrive, but knew they were just three minutes from the closest hospital.

Acting with the best interests of the child, and her parents, in mind, these firemen chose to disregard the rule prohibiting use of a fire truck as transportation for someone in medical need in favor of getting her the emergency care she needed. Lena was provided oxygen in the truck and had another seizure before arriving at the hospital, where doctors were able to treat her and save her life.

Actions such as these are exactly what communities expect of their first responders. Demand these life-saving heroes are reinstated with any necessary back pay.


Dear Mr. Romanello,

Despite support from their community and their chief, two heroic firefighters remain suspended for taking an unresponsive toddler to the emergency room in their fire vehicle. The doctors who saved her life report that seizures require an extremely urgent response and feel that the immediate action taken by Capt. Kelley and Sgt. Bloom was a key factor in the child’s complete recovery.

We demand these men are reinstated and praised for their heroic actions.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matthew Fern

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