101st soldier, Woodlawn firefighter saves infant in Texas
Ayrika L. Whitney
September 2, 2016
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Staff Sgt. James Munns is a combat medic for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division and a firefighter with the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Service, providing him with intense and thorough training and experience.
Training and experience that proved to be invaluable in San Antonio on Aug. 11 — and may have even saved a life.
Munns was about to leave the city after training and needed to purchase a new phone before the flight home later that day.
About half an hour into his visit to the Verizon store, two women rushed into the store and Munns noticed they were visibly distraught, one holding a baby.
One of the women forgot the child in the car in the extreme Texan heat. The high for the day was 100 degrees according to the National Weather Service's weather records.
"The baby was bright red, is visibly not doing well," said Munns.
He realized nobody, including the women were trained to handle the situation, and his training kicked in.
"For a lot of medics, it's like a switch goes off, and you just do your job," Munns stated. "You stop what you are doing and you do your job."
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