Heroes In The Storm

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

Firefighters brave blizzard to help get toddler to chemo treatment.

A Massachusetts mother is saying thanks to firefighters in Rockland.

Her daughter is battling leukemia, and when she couldn't get her to the doctor due to Wednesday's snow storm, they came to the rescue.

"I woke up at 5 a.m. to shovel, and I shoveled, and I heard a thump, and a huge limb of the tree fell down," said Shauna McLaughlin.

That limb fell right on McLaughlin's driveway, blocking them in.

Knowing that skipping her daughter Madison's cancer treatment was not an option, McLaughlin called 911 for help, and Rockland Fire Captain Craig Erickson was the one who came to the rescue.

"Our mission was to get the tree out of the yard so that she could bring her child to the hospital," said Erickson.

So Erickson and firefighter Michael Tracy brought out the heavy equipment.

"We just took the chains and I cut it up into pieces and four of us pulled it all out of the way," said Tracy.

Mission accomplished.

Little Madison and her mom made it to Boston on time.

"We made it at 8:02 a.m. on the dot. You do what you have to do for your child. I needed to get there, she had an appointment, and we were gonna get there," said McLaughlin.

So the crew in Rockland who is used to fighting fires was happy they could help the little girl in the fight for her life on a stormy day.

"At the end of the day you always feel good when you're helping out a child," said Erickson.

McLaughlin said she is so thankful to the Rockland firefighters, to police and to road crews who helped to plow out the end of her driveway so she could make it to Madison's appointment.
 

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