FDNY firefighter Neil Malone and his colleagues braved a raging apartment fire to rescue 8-month-old Josiah Alexis, but the infant wasn’t breathing.
Malone administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the tiny boy, but Josiah had not taken a breath for 5 1/2 minutes, and the odds that he would survive were against him.
“I was working against the clock,” Malone said. “It didn’t look good.”
Malone and the paramedics did not give up on the baby, whose lungs were filled with smoke from the Thanksgiving Day inferno.
Miraculously, just before the six-minute mark, Malone heard a tiny cough.
“It’s like a song to your ears to hear that baby get its breath on its own,” Malone said. “It was the best Thanksgiving I ever had.”
With so many stories circulating in recent weeks of babies and children who’ve died at the hands of adults entrusted with their care, it’s good to hear that these guys got there in time to give this little boy a second chance at life. –kathleen cross