Firefighters reunite 6-year old crash survivor with his beloved toy


YAVAPAI COUNTY in Arizona (CNN). A child has lost his parents and brother in a tragic accident last month.

Authorities believe that the Stone family was returning home from a family reunion in Arizona when their car collided against a semi-truck and slid across a highway in a heavy rainstorm.

Brian and Alison Stone, along with their 8-year old son Oliver, were killed. Alex, 6 years old, survived.

“I told him you have to be tough. We got to get you out of here,”Tracy Zinn is a Kaibab Estates West volunteer firefighters.

Zinn stated that he was just driving at the time of the crash.

“The car was so crushed that the little boy was in the front seat window,”He said.

The Kaibab Estates West volunteer section responded to the call.

Five days later, the team received another call for assistance. Alex asked for his stuffed animal from the car when he was in the hospital.

“I remembered seeing something blue on the hill that day. I didn’t realize it was a Cookie Monster toy,”Zinn.

So the team headed back to the site, looking for it on a highway still covered in debris.

“We returned and walked down the freeway until we found the spot. We came up on a mission to rescue Cookie Monster. That was the day’s goal,”Jessica Puisis is a Kaibab Estates West volunteer firefighter.

Even the fire chief’s daughter pitched in to help.

The team said they spotted the boy’s stuffed animal, but it needed some first aid.

“I scrubbed him up as best I could in the sink and rinsed him until he was as blue as he was going to be,” Puisis said.

The team then went to the hospital.

“We didn’t have time to dry him because we knew it was going to be late. So, Tracy [Zinn] held him out the window of the truck, driving him the entire hour and 15-minute drive,” Puisis said.

Alex’s grandmother, Cindy Mason, said everyone at the hospital was excited when the team walked in.

“It was so important to Alex to have Cookie. He just loved him, and to see them return, I will never forget it,”Mason said. “When we told Alex about Oliver, the first thing he asked for was the teddy bear. He was just so glad to get Cookie.”

According to hospital staff, Alex will be fully recovered from his injuries. His grandmother stated that Alex is still holding onto Cookie and the memories of his family.

The firefighters who responded at the scene of the crash are also supporting a GoFundMe campaign for Alex and his grandmother, who is now the boy’s primary caregiver.

Alex’s grandmother said he thanked the firefighters for helping rescue him and Cookie and wants to see them again.

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