Texas boy reunites with fireman who saved him as an infant

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News Writer
Good News

On November 9, 2002, Wesley Keck of Artlington's Fire Station No. 12 in Texas, found an abandoned day-old baby — covered in a blanket in a baby carrier — outside the firehouse.

Last Thursday, Koregan Quintanilla, now 10, was reunited with the firefighter who saved him as an infant.

Keck found the baby peacefully sleeping outside the station.

"Somebody wanted him found. There was a diaper in his carrier with him, a bottle," Keck told KHOU. "We've talked about it a lot, many different times over the years, just wondering how he's doing."

According to ABC News, "under Texas' Baby Moses Law, implemented in 2001, a person can leave an infant up to 60 days old at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked for Child Protective Services to take custody of."

The child was taken by Texas' Child Protective Services. Keck knew the boy was adopted, but little else. Since the day of the rescue, he kept a photo of the baby in his locker at work.

Ten years later, Koregan Quintanilla told his fourth-grade teacher that if he could go anywhere, it would be to the fire station where he was abandoned. When Koregan's adoptive mother, Rebecca, heard about her son's bucket-list wish, she reached out to the fire station and asked to set up a reunion.

"I thought that was really cool," Keck said. "I'm glad that he thought of it that way and that he wanted to come there because obviously I wanted to meet him so it worked out great for both of us."

Upon meeting him, Koregan hugged his hero tightly — and then went for a ride on a firetruck.

"I was excited that I got to meet him," Koregan told WFAA of meeting Keck. "I'm glad I get to come here and see everyone because this is my fire station that I was abandoned at."

Koregan, who has five sisters — all adopted — and is living in nearby Watauga, Texas, hopes to become a firefighter when he grows up.

"I told him anytime that he wants to come to the fire station and ride out with us, or he's got anything special going on in his life that he wants people to be there for, to let me know," Keck told ABC News. "Hopefully, we'll get to keep in contact with each other."

"I'm happy the way it turned out," he told the Associated Press. "I didn't do anything special. I happened to be in the right place at the right time."

"The family that adopted him and been raising him for the last 10 years, they're the ones who really saved his life. We were just there to help him out in his first day here," Keck added.

Koregan's mother adds, "I believe his birth mom was kind and good because he is kind and good."

"She made a very hard choice but a great choice," she said of Koregan's birth mother's decision to leave her baby at the fire station.