Firefighters and EMTs pose with Prentice Family in front of a fire truck

First Responders Go Beyond Emergency Care to Help Two Boys

Recently, a Raleigh couple had the most terrifying night of their lives as parents. But first responders, including the Raleigh Fire Department, ensured the night ended with everyone safe and sound.

On a recent night Erica Prentice’s two-year-old son, Parker, spiked a fever and had a seizure. Her husband, Bill, had to call 911 and administer CPR as Parker was unresponsive and his lips turned blue.

Once the EMS arrived, they helped address Parker's fever and transported him to Wake Med. The toddler was later diagnosed with the flu and became more alert in the hospital (“enjoying the popsicles,” according to Erica). Parker was later sent home to recover in the comfort of his home. 

During the emergency, Bill was home alone with Parker and the couple’s other toddler, Hudson, 3. While Bill and the paramedics were attending to Parker, the firefighters on site shifted their attention to care for Hudson.

They took him to check out the firetruck, sit in the truck and explore “all the bells and whistles,” Erica says. The firefighters occupied Hudson's attention until he was safely buckled in to the ambulance with Bill and Parker.

“An emergency that could have been extremely traumatic to Hudson is now the exciting night that the firetruck visited his house!” Erica says. “Our family is eternally grateful for these firefighters going way above and beyond to care for our family. The love and attention they gave to Hudson ensured that Bill and the medical team could devote their full attention to Parker.” 

Two boys checking out a firefighter with his mask on and a EMT

From left to right: Hudson and Parker Prentice check out firefighter's mask during a follow up visit to the fire station.