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For one 7-year-old child from Madadeni, firefighters and paramedics will always be remembered as the heroes who saved him.
On Thursday, 4 February 2021, local firefighters and paramedics from ER24 EMS received a call regarding a young child’s leg being stuck in a drainpipe, in Section 5, Madadeni. Johan Neethling of ER24 elaborates, “We received the call at 4.40 pm and immediately went out to assist. When we got there, we assessed the child and the situation.” He further says, “Seeing the child’s foot was bent at an angle, we took steps to utilise the resources we had and started digging by the pipe.”
For two hours, the three firefighters from Newcastle Municipality and two paramedics from ER24 EMS worked diligently to free the child. Neethling adds, “During this time, Gift Mavuso (a paramedic from ER24 EMS) did not leave the little boy’s side once. He did everything in his power to keep the child calm and happy. He really went above the call of duty.”
The child was eventually freed, when the team of emergency personnel dug a hole deep enough, to break through the drainpipe and dislodge the youngster’s foot.
Following the rescue mission, Neethling explains it was an inspiring moment for him. This is because the incident saw him and his colleague, Mavuso, work alongside local firefighters to positively impact a child’s life. “People often think firefighters only attend big fires or extricate people from car wreckages, but they do so much more,” he highlights. Additionally, the ER24 EMS team showcased that paramedics do not only focus on medical emergencies.
Well done to both Johan Neethling and Gift Mavuso of ER24 EMS, as well as Newcastle’s firefighters, Claude Windvogel, Ayanda Ndlovu and Rajay Singh. Your good deeds have not gone unnoticed.
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