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Firefighters Hire A Familiar Teen They Met 18 Yrs Ago — Now He’s “Part Of The Family.”

OT Hall poses with three Knoxville Fire Department firefighters who helped deliver him as a baby.

You never know what path your kid will end up taking – but Lateshia Hall didn’t expect this for her son! Eighteen years ago, this Mom of thirteen kids unexpectedly went into labor two days before she was scheduled for an induction. She was in her own Mom’s house at the time, and first responders were on their way, but baby OT was in a hurry.

By the time the Knoxville Fire Department arrived, Lateshia was just a few more pushes away from welcoming her seventh child into the world. And with the help of the firefighters, she did just that. Fast forward to today and OT has his sights on being an English major with a minor in education. Before he does that, however, he’s got an internship with some familiar folks.

OT’s internship comes through Knoxville’s “Summer in the City Intern Program,” which gives him eight weeks of paid experience with the local government. As fate would have it, OT will take on social media strategy and administrative tasks for the Knoxville Fire Department.

But it wasn’t until chatting with folks on his first day that any of them realized the connection OT shares with some of the firefighters who still work there. In fact, Mark Wilbanks, the assistant fire chief, isn’t just the teen’s summer mentor – he assisted in his delivery, even cutting the umbilical cord.

As you can imagine, OT has received quite the warm welcome. Plus, Mark and the rest of the team are happy to report that the baby they helped deliver all those years ago has turned out to be a great guy. And, naturally, Mark confirmed that OT is officially “part of the family.”

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