Two-and-a-half year old Jace Pinaldi wrapped his arms around his father’s knees as Scott Pinardi and three colleagues were praised for saving another toddler’s life.

Two-and-a-half year old Jace Pinaldi wrapped his arms around his father’s knees as Scott Pinardi and three colleagues were praised for saving another toddler’s life.


The rescue of Kaylani Loveday was unusually distressing for the firefighter/paramedics who have young children of their own.


“I’ve seen these guys enough. I can tell when someone is going to hurt and I could see it,” Fire Chief James Januse said.


On June 26, Fire Lt. Bryan LaCivita, and firefighters Bill Trautman, Jason Karns and Pinardi raced to a home on Richmond Street after the 2-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from a family pool.


They breathed life into her near lifeless body and rushed her to the hospital.


But they wouldn’t know for days if the little girl had suffered brain damage or emotional trauma. And for three days, they bore the weight of “two cement blocks on their shoulders,” Januse said.


“It strikes at your heart. You think of your own kids,” he said.


The chief called in a stress crisis team and the fire chaplain. The crew was given literature to help them through the trauma.


A few days later, the rescuers welcomed a healthy and happy Kaylani to the fire station where the family thanked them for saving her life.


This week, Januse handed each firefighter a plaque for their good work.


Selectmen Chairman Donald McKinnon said saving a child’s life was the ultimate joy in life.


“I think we’re very blessed in this town,” he said.


It had been a tough few weeks for firefighters. A deadly fire at Pine Hill Estates Mobile Home Park claimed the lives of an elderly woman and her son. The following week a motorcyclist was killed on Route 138.


Raynham Call reporter Susan Parkou Weinstein can be reached at sweinste@cnc.com.