SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A baby named Naomi who was dropped off at an Orange County fire station is still touching the hearts of the firefighters who saved her.
On Wednesday, the baby’s adoptive mother brought Naomi back to the station for a reunion.
“This is so unique and rare. It’s something that I never really thought that I would do,” said Chief Daryll Milliot of the Orange County Fire Authority, who first met Naomi when she was just a few hours old.
It was the first and only safe surrender at an Orange County fire station this year.
Officials say the anonymous birth mother who rang the doorbell at the fire station back in March was in her 20s.
“When she physically went to give Naomi to me there was a moment where she had a difficult time doing it,” said Milliot.
Nearly 9 months have passed and the OCFA crew who kept Naomi safe that night are still a part of her life. They attended the baby’s adoption ceremony in November.
“I tell everybody that asked me about it that it’s one of the highlights of my career by far. I mean, going to that ceremony and getting to see her again ‘cause you know when it happens, you don’t
know what’s going to happen to the baby, really,” said Michael DeLeon, an engineer at the OCFA.
Orange County foster parents Krysten and Kurt Snyder had always planned to adopt. Krysten says Naomi’s story will not be hidden from her.
“It really is a great opportunity for us to tell her about her mom and what a courageous thing she did,” she said.