One evening in March 2015, an anonymous woman rang the doorbell of the Station 75 fire department in Santa Ana, California.
Chief Daryll Milliot opened the station door to find a young mother standing there holding a 15-hour-old newborn. “I need to give you my baby,” she said.
A group of baffled firefighters — Daryll Milliot, Michael de Leon, Tyler Green, and Shawn Stacy — took the baby girl from the woman’s arms.
“We did our best to compose ourselves, maintain professionalism and do what we needed to do,” Michael de Leon said.
The firefighters fell in love with Baby Naomi, the first-ever baby surrendered to a fire station in Orange County.
NBC Los Angeles reported:
“Often when California’s Safe Surrender law has been mentioned in the news, the connotations are not joyous. It is often when a baby has been left behind, like the case of a days-old newborn left near a Compton riverbed buried under rubble, that officials remind the public of the Safe Surrender law that enables a parent to leave a newborn baby at a fire station or hospital anonymously, no questions asked, within the first 72 hours of birth.”
This story, fortunately, has a much happier ending than most — because the birth mother chose a safe surrender that put the baby in caring and capable hands.
Nine months later, Naomi returned to the station to reunite with the “unofficial uncles” who attended her adoption ceremony…