Christmas comes early for a family involved in a rollover accident

Davenport firefighters showers family with gifts this holiday season

Published 12/09 2016 10:59PM

Updated 12/09 2016 10:59PM

Shannon Baylor received a call that her kids had been in a bad accident in October and she said at that moment she was breathless. 
 
"I thought my heart was going to stop, trying not to fall apart I guess would be the best way to word it," Baylor said.
 
Davenport firefighters Jeremy Shirk and Shane Carter were apart of the fire crew that responded to the accident, and they decided to do more to show their support. Friday night they delivered gifts as well as a Christmas tree to the family.
 
"We started collecting donations word reached a local business, they delivered a large sum of money for us to go shopping for these children and buy the Christmas gifts; now we're going to go deliver the Christmas gifts for the kids," Carter said.
 
But the family did not expect that much.
 
"I wanted to do something to thank them so I took cookies up there the one day, and it just so happened to be the guys that were working that day were the ones that were there on the day of the accident," Baylor said. 
 
Baylor said most people would go home from work and move on to the next day.
 
"I guess you never really realize the people that go into those fields how much they take home, because most people go to work and by the end of the day you're off, you're done you just want to forget about everything at work," Baylor said.
 
But for firefighter Shirk it was a different story.
 
"Unfortunately when the days over it's really not; our day is not over. Everybody thinks we just go home and we just forget about what we saw the day before and we have to think about these calls every day even on our off days," Shirk said. 
 
Shannon Baylor said she still does not know what to say to thank them.
 
"I still don't know what to say to them except that I can never thank them enough for what they did," said Baylor.
 
Shirk and Carter both hope people will continue to pay it forward. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children was all that mattered.

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