BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A newborn was dropped off at the St. George Fire Department on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Fast-forward almost one year and two members of the fire department received recognition for their efforts on that day.

Fire Communications Officer Sorel Colina and FCO Troy Michael Murray were recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

The St. George Fire Department is providing a summary of how the entire event unfolded below:

On May 2, 2021, SGFD Communications received a phone call in the middle of the night that someone was on the way to HQ to drop off a newborn baby. They were going to be utilizing the Safe Haven capabilities of St. George. The caller stated that they were a few minutes away and requested to give the baby to a woman. Fire Communications Officer Sorel Colina waited inside the classroom downstairs until a vehicle pulled into the parking lot. She went outside and approached the vehicle. The occupant handed a newborn, approximately 1 to 3 hours old, to FCO Colina who immediately returned to the classroom. FCO Troy Michael Murray began an assessment of the infant with the help of Chief Jones while waiting for a Medic Unit to arrive and take over patient care. The umbilical cord was clamped and the infant was otherwise in good condition. #EBREMS arrived and transported the infant to @womanshospital.
Because of their actions exhibited on this day, FCOs Colina and Murray received the Meritorious Service Award last night. The St. George Fire Protection District and it’s citizens are grateful for the actions of these two!