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Oregon officer rescue baby who fell 8 feet down heating vent

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Saydie Reedy said despite an 8-foot fall down an air vent, her baby boy was the same as he always is: stoic.

“He didn’t break character once,” Reedy told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday. “When the officer lifted him up out of the crawlspace and handed up, the first thing he did was glare at the officer.”

Reedy, a Coburg mom of two, said her son, 10-month-old Kolson Reedy, was uninjured — and unbothered — by the fall, despite the panic of everyone around him. Kolson and his 3-year-old brother were playing in their home on Wednesday, when Reedy believes her older son lifted up a floor vent in their home, and Kolson went down, Eugene station KMTR first reported.

Reedy had been hand-washing dishes in the kitchen and had only been away from the boys for about two minutes. She was about to go check on them when her 3-year-old, Jackson, came running up to her.

“Baby in!” the boy said.

Reedy said she panicked and began searching for her 10-month-old. After searching the whole house and not finding him, she asked her 3-year-old where his brother was. He pointed to the vent on the floor.

“He wasn’t crying,” said Reedy. “I started freaking out. They’ve never touched the vent before.”
Reedy called for help, and police and firefighters arrived at her house within five minutes. After starting to tear up the floor and bringing out a chainsaw, Reedy said one of the officers asked how to access the crawlspace.

The officer climbed into the crawlspace, removed the air duct and found Kolson, who was uninjured other than a few scratches. He lifted the baby, who had fallen face-first, and turned him around. Then he shoved him up the vent to the awaiting arms of another officer, to whom Kolson gave his trademark stare.

“That’s his normal face,” Reedy said. “Everyone’s getting a kick out of that.”

Reedy said she took her son to the doctor, who confirmed the baby was unharmed.

Despite the happy outcome, Reedy said she was a little shaken after the baby’s fall.

“I was pretty anxious — I thought to myself, who loses a kid in a vent?” she said. “But a lot of people have reached out and shared their own stories of things their kids have done.”

Both Kolson and his brother thought the episode was funny, and it even led the 10-month old to break his usual serious facade.

“Today, he was crawling past the vent,” Reedy said. “He was banging on it and laughing.”

–Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com; @JRamakrishnanOR

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