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Indiana boy surrendered in baby box in 2020 visits firefighters who saved him

Six newborns have been safely surrendered in Indiana this year.

INDIANAPOLIS — There was a special reunion in Decatur Township Friday that was nearly years in the making.

Firefighters at the Decatur Township Fire Department got a surprise visit from a young boy named Samuel. He was safely surrendered by his mother at the fire station's Safe Haven Baby Box in October 2020.

(NOTE: The video in the player above is from a previous story about a couple who adopted a surrendered baby.)

Friday, he came back to say hello to the team.

Credit: Decatur Township Fire Department
Samuel visited with firefighters at the Decatur Township Fire Department, where he was safely surrendered in 2020.

So far this year, six babies have been safely surrendered at boxes across the state, including three at Carmel Fire Station 45. 

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are temperature-controlled and sound an alarm when an infant is placed inside, alerting firefighters. Once taken out of the box, the baby is checked by medics and taken to the hospital. Newborns who are surrendered in the boxes are usually adopted in about a month.

There are now 112 boxes installed nationwide, including 85 in Indiana. 

Decatur Township Fire Department had a very special visitor today, baby Samuel came to visit! He was safely surrendered...

Posted by Decatur Township Fire Department on Friday, July 15, 2022

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