Air Duct Rescue: Baby Pulled From Home Heating System in Oregon

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COBURG, Ore. (KMTR) — Saydie Reedy was doing dishes and hadn’t heard anything from her kids for two minutes. Parents know the drill.

“I was getting ready to go check on the boys,” she recalled of the January 15 ordeal, “and my oldest came running to me calmly saying ‘baby in’. He has apraxia, which is a speech disorder, and doesn’t communicate well.”

Saydie Reedy started looking for her 10-month-old Kolson.

“I searched the whole house for baby brother and noticed the vent gate was pulled up,” she recalled. The family is in the process of renovating a 1920’s home with heating vents in the floor.

She suspected her 3-year-old son Jackson pulled the vent gate up. “I couldn’t hear him in there, but he was no where else to be found so I quickly called 911 panicking,” Reedy said.

Police and firefighters from Coburg arrived on scene within minutes. They found Kolson 8 feet down the vent in the duct work of the house.

“An officer stripped to pants and t-shirt and went under the house,” Reedy said. “He shoved my son back up the vent where another officer was waiting to grab him.”

Kolson wasn’t crying and seemed almost annoyed to be dislodged from the duct, according to his mother.

But Reedy expressed gratitude for the fast action and teamwork by firefighters and police in Coburg who “pulled my little chubs out of the vent.”

“They they were so fast and got my baby out of the vent!”

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