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6-year-old survives Arizona crash that killed dad and mom, siblings

First responders got here collectively to consolation a younger boy after each of his dad and mom and his 8-year-old brother have been killed in a automotive crash west of Flagstaff.

ARIZONA, USA — Arizona first responders got here collectively to consolation a 6-year-old boy after each of his dad and mom, and his 8-year-old brother have been killed in a automotive crash west of Flagstaff final month.

On July 26, the Stone household was driving by means of Arizona on their technique to California after attending a household reunion in Colorado when their sedan crossed the median, rolled, and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer touring east on Interstate 40, the Arizona Department of Transportation stated.

Parents Brian and Alison and 7-year-old Oliver died on the scene. Six-year-old Alex was taken to a hospital with extreme accidents.

“It was a devastating scene,” stated Laurie Granger, an EMT volunteer with Kaibab Estates West Volunteer Fire Department, who was referred to as out to help on the scene. “I was pretty amazed there was a survivor.”

Alex injured all 4 limbs, which included a dislocated arm, damaged hip, ankle, and leg, his grandmother Cindy Mason stated.

“It’s definitely a miracle,” she stated.

Operation ‘Cookie’

The wreck induced particles to go everywhere in the freeway. Crews cleaned most of it and recovered a teddy bear that belonged to Oliver.

Alex discovered consolation in his brother’s stuffed animal, his grandmother stated.

“When we told him about the accident, and his mommy and daddy and Oliver were in heaven, he grieved with Teddy, but he still constantly asked for Cookie,” Mason stated.

The grandmother stated Cookie is Alex’s beloved teddy bear, which has been with him since beginning.

But Cookie was lost within the wreckage.

Nurses who have been caring for Alex referred to as the towing company, troopers, and firefighters searching for Cookie.

About 4 days after the crash, Jessica Puisis, a volunteer firefighter, acquired a name.

“Somebody contacted me and said that [Alex] was asking for a specific stuffed animal and wanted to know if any of us had seen anything or where it might be,” Puisis stated. “It just kind of registered that I remembered that specific stuffed animal up on the hillside.”

She and different members of the Kaibab Estates West Volunteer Fire Department went again to the scene and located Cookie.

That similar day Puisis and Tracy Zinn, a volunteer firefighter who assisted within the extrication of Alex and cradled him holding him till Lifeline arrived, personally delivered Cookie.

“He was super excited. He wouldn’t let it go,” Puisis stated. “He would smile for a picture, but he wasn’t going to hold [Cookie] up. It was just on his chest, and that’s where it was staying.”

A easy act of kindness that didn’t go unnoticed.

“In times like these, that’s what helps you feel supported,” stated Patrick Mason, Alex’s uncle. “It’s comforting, it takes a weight out of your shoulders, and that really makes a difference.”

Alex is again in Bakersfield together with his grandmother, the place he has a protracted street to recovery, however grateful to have his beloved buddy by his facet.

“The day Cookie was delivered, Alex was sedated, so the next day, I asked him if he remembered the firefighters that dropped him off,” his grandmother stated. “So sweet, he said, ‘I will always remember when something so special happens with Cookie… What these firefighters did, that impact, he will never forget that.”

A GoFundMe account has been set as much as assist Alex and cover funeral prices. If you’d wish to donate, you can do so here.

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