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Boy Gets Stuck in Tube Slide and Breaks Arm: Firefighter Climbs in to Comfort Him While He's Treated

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Parks are a popular destination for kids’ birthday parties. They’re a hotspot for kids anyway and provide plenty of free and familiar entertainment.

But occasionally the obstacles prove to be just as dangerous as they are fun, whether through maintenance issues or user error.

One five-year-old’s day went from fun and games to misery after he managed to break his arm on a slide and became trapped at a park in Iowa.

Thankfully a kind-hearted firefighter arrived with other first responders and worked to keep the young boy, River, comforted. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and the boy’s grateful mother reached out to the City of Norwalk, Iowa, social media to publicly thank him.

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“I just wanted to give a huge shoutout to the Norwalk Fire Department,” the post read.

“Especially to Mark.

“My 5-year-old was at a birthday party today at the park on Lexington. He fell down the slide & broke his arm. He was stuck inside the tube slide & the fire department was AMAZING!

“Mark did not leave River’s side until the ambulance got to the hospital. He went above and beyond for my son & I can’t thank them all enough!

“My mama heart cannot tell you how lucky we were to have them with us during this scary time.

“We live on the South Side in Des Moines & I just wanted to shout out how amazing we were treated. THANKS AGAIN NORWALK.”

Firefighter Mark Muerner said that comforting the young boy was just part of his job.

“‘I’ll be here with you. I’ve got you. I won’t let anything else happen to you,'” he recalled saying in an interview with KCCI-TV.

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“And just giving him that reassurance. Always looking at him … you know, doing my job, but also taking care of him because he is my job as well.”

Muerner continued to comfort the boy as he rode in the ambulance and got situated at the hospital.

The little boy’s arm was broken so severely that he was transferred to Iowa City for surgery, according to an update post from his mother, Maria Renzo.

The boy was able to go home on Sunday and is recovering well. Renzo is still in awe of the kindness shown to their family and has continued to sing Mark’s praises. Mark and River have become fast friends.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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