McKinney Firefighters Reunited With 4-Year-Old They Helped Save - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

McKinney Firefighters Reunited With 4-Year-Old They Helped Save

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    McKinney Firefighters Reunited with Four-Year-Old They Helped Save

    Wednesday night, a four-year-old boy and his family visited the McKinney firefighter-paramedics who helped him during a devastating call. (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    Wednesday night, a 4-year-old boy and his family visited the McKinney firefighter-paramedics who helped him during a devastating call.

    On June 8, a vehicle in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant ran over four-year-old Julio Cantu. It was an accident that his family said broke Cantu's femur and left him with a small skull fracture.

    His mother, Arlene Cantu, said first responders arrived quickly and worked to keep her and her son calm during the ambulance ride to a Dallas hospital.

    "They were talking to him, to me," Cantu said.

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    "They were there with him until the doctors told them: we don't need anything else from you, you can go," Cantu added.

    The rescuers made such an impression, Cantu said her son woke up in the hospital with a new obsession.

    "The first thing he asked for was a fire truck and an ambulance, so he knows who helped him," said Cantu.

    Julio was carrying his toy fire truck and ambulance into Fire Station 8 on Wednesday as firefighters showed him around the station and let him sit in a fire truck.

    "I'm a father, my partner is a father. Any kid calls stick out in your mind," said Erick Hall, one of the firefighters who was on the call.

    He said it's rare firefighters learn what happened to a patient after they're taken to the hospital. Hall said he was happy to hear Julio's prognosis is good.

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    "It's awesome to see he's in that kind of health, those kinds of spirits. He's not letting this injury get him down," Hall said.

    Julio has been in a lower body cast since the accident, but his family said doctors expect to remove the cast Thursday.

    "God was really watching over him because it's just a broken leg and it could have been a completely different outcome," said Cantu.

    She said her son has been asking to see the real-life heroes who helped him. He shyly thanked them for fixing him "when I was broken".

    "I know they go through a lot and it's not always a happy ending, but I just wanted to show them we appreciated them and he was good," Cantu said.

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