Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Firefighters use 'jaws of life' to free boy trapped in washing machine

Four-year-old Donovan Hasseman climbed into the washer and ended up becoming trapped with his back stuck up against the agitator.

"I was petrified," says his mother Jennifer Hasseman. "I didn't know what to do. I was beside myself." Donovan's mother called 9-1-1 when she couldn't get the boy out of the washing machine.

Firefighters then worked for half an hour to free the boy. At one point firefighters enlisted the help of a local appliance repairman for advice. In the end, firefighters used the "jaws of life," a piece of equipment normally used to extract accident victims trapped in wreckage. » Full article here

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