Boy Reunites 10 Years Later With Firefighter Who Rescued Him as an Abandoned Infant
In the wake of Hostess Brands closing, we’re pretty sure you needed something to smile about. Welp, here you go.
Koregan Quintanilla, just celebrated his tenth birthday and his mother granted him a special wish. See, Koregan was abandoned as an infant at a fire station in Arlington, Texas where firefighter, Wesley Keck, discovered him on a blustery November morning.
Upon discovering him, Wesley immediately picked up the infant, checked him out and then delivered the news to his fellow firemen saying, “I announced that somebody had left us a gift. […] I don’t remember him crying. I held him, and he slept a lot.”
Why was an infant left at the fire station? In Texas, according to the Baby Moses Law, a parent is able to leave an infant unharmed up to 60 days-old at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. Kind-hearted Rebecca Quintanilla, who has five other adopted children, eventually adopted the abandoned infant. Koregan has always known he was adopted and has even seen the TV news footage from the day he was found.
It wasn’t until a decade later when Koregan’s teacher asked a question that the idea of a reunion was born. She asked: Where do you want to go more than anywhere else in the world? We’re guessing most students replied with, “The moon!” or “Disneyland!” But Koregan? His fire station.
Koregan’s mother immediately planned a birthday reunion with Wesley Keck where he was given a tour of the fire station and a ride on a fire truck. It was a happy day for the two of them and Keck says, “I’m happy the way it turned out. I didn’t do anything special. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Wow. Just, wow.