SNOHOMISH, Wash. - On Dec. 4, South Snohomish Fire & Rescue crews from the Silver First Station 13 responded to a 911 call for a car-pedestrian collision involving a young woman and her infant son in the 3300 block of 132nd Street Southeast.
Johanna Castillo was pushing a stroller carrying her 5-week-old son, Cruz, on the sidewalk when the two were struck by a car pulling out of a driveway. The stroller ended up pinned under the bumper of the car, but the 5-week-old boy was safely buckled in and was uninjured.
The mother, Joahanna, walked away with minor bumps and bruises, but the stroller was demolished.
Castillo, a mother of six, told firefighters she didn't know what she was going to do without the extra large stroller she relied on to get around with her youngest children.
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Capt. Dan Olson, firefighter/paramedic Jeanette Anderson and firefighter David Sherman came up with a plan and bought Castillo a new stroller.
The stroller has two seats and a standing platform, and is the same model as the one destroyed in the crash.
The Good Neighbor Program, established by the nonprofit Fire 1 Foundation, paid for the new stroller.
The program is supported by donations from fire department employees, and it provides firefighters with funds to meet the human service needs they encounter when responding to 911 calls.
In the past, the Good Neighbor Program has been used to buy gas for stranded motorists, build wheelchair ramps, purchase groceries for patients and assist fire victims with special needs.
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