MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. —
For the second time in five months, an infant has been left in a baby box at a northwestern Indiana volunteer fire station.Lt. Chuck Kohler of the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department outside Michigan City said everything worked as planned and he was on scene tending to the baby girl less than a minute after receiving a page Sunday night that the Safe Haven Baby Box’s alarms had been triggered.
WSBT reports the infant still had the umbilical cord attached.
“The whole first responder, father thing kicks in. You want to make sure that the baby is OK,” Kohler said.
He said there are no words to describe how he felt when he heard the child crying inside.
“When I pulled the baby out of the box, actually my first thought was ‘baby Grace’… ‘Saving Grace.’ It just popped into my head,” said Kohler.
Kohler said he wants to thank Grace’s parents for putting the child somewhere safe.
“We don’t know the situation, but to make this choice, to be strong enough to make this choice is wonderful,” said Kohler.
The girl appeared healthy and was taken to a hospital for care. She will be placed in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
On Nov. 7, another baby girl was safely rescued after being left in the box. She was named “Hope.”
The padded, climate-controlled baby box was installed about two years ago. There’s also one near Fort Wayne.