Firefighter adopts a baby he found in box outside his fire station

Adobe

A Florida firefighter and his wife spent almost 10 years trying to have a baby. Like many hopeful parents who struggle with infertility or pregnancy loss, this couple probably started 2023 praying this would be the year they’d be blessed with a child.

MORE: Couple adopts foster son surrendered at fire station as a newborn

On Jan. 2, the couple’s road to parenthood took a dramatic and miraculous turn when a baby girl was left in a Safe Haven Baby Box at the Ocala Fire Rescue.

When the alarm went off from the box, Vincent, one of the firefighters on duty during the overnight shift, opened it and found the child inside.

“She had a little bottle with her and she was just chilling,” he told NBC’s Today. “I picked her up and held her. We locked eyes, and that was it. I’ve loved her ever since that moment.”

After giving the baby girl a checkup a the station, Vincent rode with her to the hospital. Orlando News 6 reported the baby’s umbilical cord had been tied off with a shoelace.

MORE: This new federal law protects pregnant workers

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Once at the hospital, Vincent left a note with the baby explaining his and his wife Katy’s desire to have a child and that the state had already registered them to adopt. He hoped it would get to the case worker assigned to the little girl.

It seemed too good to be true.

“It wasn’t real until I got the call I could go in there with her in the NICU,” Katy told Orlando News 6. “We’ve been trying for almost a decade to have a family, and everything has kind of not worked out for us. So we are like, ‘Don’t get our hopes up, don’t get our hopes up.’”

Two days later, little Zoey went home with Vincent and Katy. In April, the couple formally adopted their daughter.

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

“It’s just been a whirlwind,” Vincent told Good Morning America. “There’s just really no way to describe it. It’s been crazy. Every day, me and my wife still look at each other and just go like, ‘I can’t believe we have a child and I can’t believe our Zoey’s our child and how everything happened.”

All 50 states have safe haven laws protecting mothers and children from unlawful abandonment. However, there are only about 150 Safe Haven Baby Boxes like the one Zoey was left in.

Monica Kelsey, the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, began her mission to work with city emergency officials around the country to help keep children safe.

“We know this baby will be so loved by an adoptive family and we are so thrilled to be a part of protecting infants from abandonment,” Kelsey said in a statement back when Zoey was surrendered in one of the boxes.

Family & Parenting, Good News, Life, News, Parenting
, , ,

Related posts

Blue pajamas and memory bear
Turn your baby's clothes into keepsake 'memory bears'
Emma Bassermann and Zoe Ireland-Meklensek
Teen girls, 13 and 14, save couple from riptide in Barbados
TikTok Grandfather meets baby
Grandpa's reaction to finding out new baby was named after him is so sweet
baby wearing crocheted hat
Passenger seated next to family crochets hat for baby taking her first flight

About the Author
Marie Rossiter
Marie is a freelance writer and content creator with more than 20 years of experience in journalism. She lives in southwest Ohio with her husband and is almost a full-fledged empty nest mom of two daughters. She loves music, reading, word games, and Walt Disney World.

From our partners