Kids Thank Firefighters for Help After Car Crash

Family serves up sweets to firefighters at Station No. 36

By Omar Villafranca
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:27 AM CDT
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The family serves up goodies to the responders who helped them after a hit-and-run crash in front of the fire station.

Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com

The family serves up goodies to the responders who helped them after a hit-and-run crash in front of the fire station.

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A Dallas family thanked the firefighters who helped them after a hit-and-run crash earlier this month.

A car smashed into Kevin King's vehicle from behind on Jan. 8 in front of Dallas Fire Station No. 36 on North Hampton Road. A friend was in the passenger seat, and his two sons, 8-year-old Harrison and 11-year-old Grant, were in the back seat.

"It's the worst feeling ever as a parent just to see your kids, especially not knowing if they're going to be OK, " King said.

The other car, which King estimates was traveling more than 50 mph, drove off.

"You can hear it inside, said A.P. Richardson, Dallas-Fire Rescue paramedic. "You can hear the screeching of the brakes; you can hear the sound."

Grant and Harrison were rushed to the hospital. Both had skull fractures.

Three weeks after the crash, both boys are doing better. They returned to Fire Station No. 36 to offer up cookies, crackers and other sweets to the men and women who helped them when they needed it most.

For the Dallas Fire Rescue crew, it was a reminder that being a first-responder is not a thankless job.

"The joy of something you've given from your heart that's coming back -- that's priceless," Richardson said.

Dallas police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who hit King's car.

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