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Safe Haven Baby Box saves a life today
May 27, 2023; 12:06 p.m.

KNOXVILLE -- This morning at 12:19 AM, the Knoxville Fire Department Station 17 (located at 4804 Western Ave) received a "Baby Box Alert" for their Baby Box in the station. The station crew of three immediately went to the box and found a healthy baby boy inside.

The child was not injured and was quickly removed from the box for further evaluation. The station crew called for an ambulance to transport the child to the hospital.

The Safe Haven Baby Box was installed in Knoxville on February 17th with funding assistance from the Craig Foundation. This Baby Box is the first in Tennessee, and this was the first time it was used since its installation. This resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at Fire Station 17 and is entirely anonymous for any parent who needs a place to turn in a time of crisis.

The City of Knoxville is home to the state’s first Safe Haven Baby Box in Tennessee. This community resource is at KFD’s station #17 on Western Ave. Firefighters demonstrate how this will work and explain how this tool can help them save more lives.


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