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Firefighters buy Christmas gifts for family of Halloween hit-and-run victim


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Firefighters buy Christmas gifts for family of Halloween hit-and-run victim

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Dec 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) --  A 6-year-old girl who has been fighting for her life since she was hit by a car on Halloween night will be surrounded by toys on Christmas thanks to the Clark County Fire Department.

On Thursday, fire crews suited up as Santa Claus and arrived with lights and sirens blaring to deliver dozens of toys to Brazyl Ward's family, who's had anything but happy holidays. The little girl has been at UMC Trauma since Halloween night when she was hit by a speeding car while trick-or-treating. The driver has not been caught.

Matt Henderson, a firefighter paramedic, was one of the first on the scene the night of the accident. "I just don't know how somebody can keep on living their life normally after doing something like that," he said of the driver.

Henderson and his team have been following Brazyl Ward's recovery, which at times has been uncertain. They've been taking $5 out of each paycheck to put toward a needy family fund CCFD has been running for the past 6 Christmases. This year, they knew which family needed them most.

"To know that they were there to help save my baby's life, that's a miracle in itself," said Tiffany Ward, Brazyl's mother. Brazyl's father, Brandon, added, "There's no way that we could have provided these gifts for the kids at this time. We are overjoyed and overwhelmed."

Even though the family will spend Christmas at the hospital, they say they'll sleep easier knowing that one person's reckless actions are outnumbered by those who do good.
"There is way more good that has come out of this than bad," Tiffany Ward told Action News. "It sends a sense of peace."
This week, Brazyl's condition was downgraded from critical to serious. Her family says she may be out of the hospital and into rehab by Christmas.


Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.