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Boy, 5, Reunited With Firefighters Who Saved His Life

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A 5-year-old boy on Tuesday was reunited with the Los Angeles firefighters who saved his life.

Elijah Watkins was on a playground at his school on May 29 when he went into cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters responded after receiving a 911 call.

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Elijah Watkins

“They said that he had passed out,” Elijah’s mother, Lottie, said Tuesday at LAFD headquarters, where her family joined the five firefighters and the 911 caller. “I wasn’t aware that not only did he pass out, but he stopped breathing.”

After the firefighters arrived at Elijah’s school, they performed CPR and rushed him to a hospital. He remained there for several weeks while he recovered.

“I would just like to say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, our family thanks you very much” Lottie Watkins told the first responders at the news conference.

Elijah, who seemed somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention, sat in another part of the room with relatives. He has said that he would like to be a firefighter himself someday.

“That was a highlight of my career experience. That was something special,” one of the firefighters said of the rescue. “I was calling family around the states, just to share that moment. … That was an awesome experience.”

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