First responders who rescued baby Lily are honored during awards ceremony

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A standing ovation for Utah’s finest as several first responders were honored today for their service in the most critical of situations. Among the recipients were the first responders involved in the chilling rescue of baby Lily.

The story had grabbed national headlines. Baby Lily was discovered in an overturned car in the Spanish Fork River; her mother dead. Baby Lily survived the accident in the freezing waters. Firefighter Paul Tomadaki was among the first on the scene and recalls working to turn the vehicle over.

“It was a bit chaotic, there was a lot going on that, for something that was dispatched as a call in the river,” said Tomadaki.

18-month-old Lily had been trapped in the overturned car upside down in her car seat for 14 hours in the freezing waters of the Spanish Fork River. Spanish Fork police officer Tyler Beddoes was one of the first to spot the infant. Four months later, they’re surprised to see she has made a speedy recovery.

“They just continue to tell me she’s just like nothing happened, she’s playing in the playground, and playing with toys, just no side effects no brain damage, I’m hoping to get to see her again real soon and have that relationship forever,” said Beddoes

While they’re glad to see Lily is doing well, they’re still left wondering what exactly led to the crash, as they continue to wait on toxicology reports so they can bring a close to this case.

“We haven’t confirmed any of that we’re still waiting on autopsy results. I know our department will release that when it gets closer but, yea we’re still waiting on that we don’t know the exact cause of the accident,” added Beddoes.

Police say the medical examiners office has been backlogged with cases prolonging the results of the toxicology report. They say it could be another month before they get any results. Meanwhile, these first responders will get to enjoy their moment taking in each applause and gesture of gratitude for their hard work.

“It was a good experience, but it’s a team effort it makes everybody that was there, deserves it,” said Mark Byers with Spanish Fork Ambulance.


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