Just when we think the public no longer cares about the sacrifice made by firefighters, comes a story like this.
Bella Rice Jaber was born early Tuesday morning. Her middle name is meant to honor Peabody, Massachusetts Firefighter James Rice who died while fighting a fire on December 23 at an apartment building where Bella was to live. Lisa Jaber, a nurse, attended the funeral for Firefighter Rice. Jaber and her family are in a temporary apartment and are looking for permanent housing.
Displaced by the fire while she was 38 weeks pregnant, Lisa Jaber said she named her baby after Rice, “because he risked his life to save our house and it just felt right. So I dedicated her name toward him and his family.”
Jaber— who said she would have been home during the fire had she not been at a prenatal doctor’s appointment — spent Christmas with her 8-year-old daughter, Jayla, in a hotel room with hundreds of donated gifts to replace the ones lost in the fire.
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Also on STATter911 …
- UPDATE – Peabody, MA Firefighter James Rice dies battling Hancock Street fire. Fireground audio & chief’s press conference. – December 23, 2011
- Helmet-cam: Roof ops at rowhouse fire in Harrisburg, PA. – March 31, 2013
- Raw video: House fire in Newark, CA. – November 15, 2012
- Helmet-cam video: First arriving ladder at two-alarm apartment fire in Newark, Delaware. – December 20, 2012
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