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Fairborn firefighters honored in national ad campaign


A dramatic and tension-filled rescue 11 years ago that involved three members of the Fairborn Fire Department and the baby they helped save are at the center of a new national campaign honoring first responders.

Country music Superstar Tim McGraw is hosting a series of spots dubbed “Quantum Heroes” that highlight the efforts of first responders in crisis situations.

The spot that puts the Fairborn crew in the limelight recalls May 28, 2002, when then-Firefighters Scott Lewis, Laura Kerr and Bob Swickworked together to save 5-month-old Chelsea Greider and her grandmother.

In the video released Thursday, there are recreated scenes as well as actual footage of the rescue put on videotape by a former News Center 7 videographer.

Swick went up a ladder and into a smoky second-floor bedroom to scoop Chelsea from her crib. Chelsea’s mother had already escaped to safety.

He handed the infant to Lewis, who clambered down a ladder while giving the flopping and lifeless baby mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Lewis handed the baby to Kerr, now a fire lieutenant who was performing her first pediatric rescue that very day.

Situations such as the one that played out that day at 29 E. Hebble St. “mark your soul,” Kerr said in the video. “You don’t want to fail the most frail in your society.”

Lewis, who is now fire chief in Gresham, Ore., said, “she was lifeless. I know I had to get every breath I can into her.”

The coolest moment of the video occurs when McGraw, a longtime supporter of first responders and the efforts they make every day, reunites a now 11-year-old Chelsea with Fairborn Fire Chief Mike Riley and Kerr.

Duracell is working with various local and national fire, EMT and law enforcement agencies to distribute 1 million Duracell Quantum batteries to the responders.

The company described the campaign as “reflecting the brand and character quite well,” noting that in its talks with first responders, firefighters and EMTs, Duracell copper top batteries were the most frequently used brand.

The series of spots will run on Duracell’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages. Viewers are encouraged to share their own stories using the hashtag #MyQuantumHero. National ad spots highlighting the new batteries and the campaign will also air.

You can catch the video at youtube.com/duracell. The title of the video is “Quantum Heroes: Baby Rescue.”



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