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 South County Fire

More than first aid: Firefighters donate stroller for mom and baby hit by car

Post Date:12/12/2017 1:29 PM
Stroller wedged under bumperFirefighters provided more than first aid to help a young mom and her infant son after they were hit by a car north of Mill Creek last week.

It all started Dec. 4 when South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue crews from Silver Firs Fire Station 13 responded to a 911 call for a car-pedestrian collision in the 3300 block of 132nd Street SE. Johanna Castillo was pushing a stroller carrying her 5-week-old son, Cruz, on the sidewalk when the two were struck by a car pulling out of a driveway in the 3300 block of 132nd St SE. The stroller ended up wedged under the bumper of the car, but baby Cruz was safely buckled in and uninjured. Mom Johanna walked away with bumps and bruises.

The stroller, however, was demolished. Castillo, a mother of six, told firefighters she didn’t know what she was going to do without the extra large stroller she relied on to get around with her youngest children.

Firefighters donate stroller to momCapt. Dan Olson, Firefighter/Paramedic Jeanette Anderson and Firefighter David Sherman came up with a plan to help. The crew ordered a new stroller for Castillo and her family. The stroller with two seats and a standing platform is the same model as the one destroyed in the crash.

The Good Neighbor Program, established by the nonprofit Fire 1 Foundation, paid for the new stroller. Supported by donations from fire department employees, the program provides firefighters with funds to meet human service needs they encounter in the course of responding to 911 calls. In the past, firefighters have used the Good Neighbor Program to buy gas for stranded motorists, build wheelchair ramps, purchase groceries for patients and assist fire victims with special needs.
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