First responders awarded for aid

When a local family lost a child, they put aside their grief long enough to thank the people who tried to help.

Franklin Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois presented awards on behalf of the family of Lawrence Haydel.

On May 24, the child’s caregiver Missy Crow found the infant unresponsive and not breathing. She immediately began CPR, with the assistance of her daughter Nichole, and called 911 for assistance.

Nichole gathered the other children and took them away from the scene of her mother’s continuing life-saving efforts.

Acadian Ambulance paramedic Brandi Lege and EMT Miranda Leonard arrived within a few minutes and Lege quickly took charge. Franklin Fire Department Paramedic Blake Comeaux and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Hildreth arrived moments later as they were taking the child into the ambulance.

Comeaux got in the ambulance as well to assist.

Hildreth obtained emergency contact information for the family from the Crows, and told them that the child had been taken to the hospital.

Missy Crow was “very distraught” and Hildreth then contacted Fr. Thomas Vu of St. Jules Catholic Church, who provided “invaluable services” to the family and Crow.

In a letter to Bourgeois, the family said, “We grieve the loss of our son yet we receive solace that so many people went above and beyond the call of duty to aid our family in our most great time of need. We wish to insure that the Franklin City Council is aware of the dedicated effort of our citizens, employees and emergency providers.”

Bourgeois handed out commendations to those involved at Tuesday’s meeting of the city council.

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