On June 1 2019 a group of firefighters were called in to resuscitate two-week-old Bronlyn-Lee Jansen.
The baby’s mother had rushed her daughter to the fire station for help when the baby had stopped breathing and had started turning blue.
The firefighters had jumped into action, clearing mucus from the infant’s airways and administering oxygen, and after several tense minutes, Bronlyn-Lee started crying and regaining her natural colour.
“Usually, we don’t have good results on babies. We try our utmost and give our utmost support and expertise to the patient, and this time we were lucky to revive this baby. So there’s a good ending to this story,” said firefighter Alroy Pieterse.
On Friday 14 June, mom Chantel and her now four-week-old baby visited the Belhar fire station to thank the staff for their heroic actions.
She was in for a pleasant surprise; firefighter George had rallied together her colleagues and contacts to bring in baby clothes and products for little Bronlyn-Lee.
“These selfless acts where staff members go above and beyond the call of duty fill me with immense pride, because it embodies the spirit of safety and security, which is to serve and protect our residents. I applaud the actions of the staff members, not only in saving the life of little Bronlyn-Lee, but also the added joy they’ve brought to her and her family through their kind-heartedness,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.