Video: Firefighter saves baby, reunites at her high school graduation

Skyler James was saved by Charlie Heflin in 1995 when her birth mother abandoned her in a cemetery

CHARLESTON, Ill. — A Gibson County man who saved a newborn baby's life 18 years ago surprised her at her high school graduation.

Little Skyler James was saved by current AMR Rep. Charlie Heflin in 1995. Skyler recently graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, Illinois. Following the ceremony, little did she know she was in for an emotional reunion.

The story begins back in November, 1995 on a very cold morning in Champagne, Illinois. "My birth mother abandoned me," said Skyler. "I was left in a cemetery. That night, there was a call put out to the dispatchers." An anonymous woman called 911 around 7a.m. that morning and told dispatchers a child had been abandoned under a pine tree at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Police and fire crews were dispatched there, but couldn't find anything.

Full story: Gibson Co. man saves abandoned newborn, reunites at her high school graduation

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