In March 2015, a young woman took advantage of a California law to give her newborn a chance at another life. It's a story that everyone should hear.

One evening, a young woman approached Station 75, a fire department located in Santa Ana, with a baby in her arms.


She rang the doorbell. Chief Daryll Milliot opened the door, not sure what to expect.

"I opened the door and the first words out of her mouth were, 'I need to give you my baby,'" Chief Milliot told NBC Los Angeles.

The Chief, along with three other firefighters on duty that night, Michael de Leon, Tyler Green, and Shawn Stacy, took the baby from the young woman.



“We did our best to compose ourselves, maintain professionalism and do what we needed to do,” firefighter Michael de Leon said, as NBC Los Angeles reported.

In spite of their professional demeanor, the firefighters soon fell in love with this tiny 15-hour-old newborn, dubbed Baby Naomi. She was the first baby ever surrendered to a fire station in Orange County.

California has a Safe Surrender Law that allows a parent to leave a newborn at either a hospital or a fire station within 72 hours of birth. There are no questions asked and it is completely anonymous.



The reason this law is in effect is to prevent t*ragic situations where a baby has been a*bandoned and left to d*ie. In one case, a newborn, just days old, was left in a riverbed covered in rubble. When these t*ragedies strike, officials try to remind the public of the Safe Surrender option.

Baby Naomi's story has a much happier ending, fortunately. The birth mother opted to surrender her to the capable hands of these firefighters.

Nine months after her arrival, Baby Naomi returned to the fire station to see the men who became her "unofficial" uncles. They were able to attend her adoption ceremony.

You can watch the story in the video below:




What do you think of California's Safe Surrender Law and Baby Naomi's story? Let us know. And pass the link along to others so they are aware of this important law.

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