By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — David Pollock is one of the youngest members of the Medina Fire Department. When he took a phone call a few weeks ago, alerting him of the impending arrival of a woman dropping off a baby, he said he was a little shocked.
“I never would have anticipated the idea of having this happen at all,” Pollock said.
“This” was the MFD being a Safe Haven location. Pollock was on the phone that night with Timothy Jaccard, president and director of the New York State Children of Hope Baby Safe Haven Program, when the baby arrived.
Jaccard visited Medina Wednesday to present Pollock and the MFD with the Torch of Life Award for their actions during that night.
“The way David handled this was unique,” Jaccard recalled. “He remained calm, and he asked questions to make sure he could do certain things.”
Jaccard went on to praise the department for knowing where to take the baby and how “perfectly” everything was prepared for the baby’s arrival.
Medina Fire Chief Todd Zinkievich said Pollock and his fellow firefighters “were met with open arms” at Batavia United Memorial Hospital. RN Denise Polvic and the staff at the hospital were honored with Torch of Life Awards earlier on Wednesday.
Jaccard said it was Batavia’s second Safe Haven baby, and they “handled everything perfect, too.”
He added, though, that Pollock’s performance at the point of contact was the key to everything running smoothly. Also, Jaccard remembered hearing other Medina firefighters on duty that night helping out.
Zinkievich said the actions of his fellow firefighters left him feeling proud.
“They acted appropriately and professionally and did what they were supposed to do with the guidance of Safe Haven,” he said.
Zinkievich noted how the training all of the fire department goes through helped them with the uniqueness of the situation.
Pollock agreed. “Training just took over and I was focused on patient care, making sure the baby was okay,” he said.