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Baby Safe Haven Wins the Life Lottery 3,298 Times

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In this Dec. 12, 2016, photo, Tim Jaccard sits in front of snapshots of some of the children who were safely relinquished under a "Safe Haven" program he started 17 years ago, in Wantagh, N.Y. The retired ambulance medic lobbied legislatures across the country to pass so-called "Safe Haven" laws in all 50 states. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

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Saturday, 07 Jan 2017 09:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Tim Jaccard, a New York ambulance medic, finally decided that God must have a reason for sending him on so many runs that resulted in finding a dead newborn abandoned in a trash can or an alley. As he told the AP, "My gut feeling was that I was being sent on these particular calls to try and see what's going on and change it. I had to stop this insanity."

And Jaccard did his best to do just that. He began what is referred to a nationwide "safe haven" movement that enacts laws giving desperate mothers a chance to choose life for their newborns by leaving them at police stations, hospitals, or firehouses without fear of being prosecuted.

Jaccard also personally founded the Baby Safe Haven organization that suspicious mothers can contact. Baby Safe Haven makes all the arrangements for a safe, anonymous transfer of the newborn. Mothers-to-be can call a nationwide hotline (1-866-510-BABY) and Baby Safe organization members will take the transfer from there.

So far, Jaccard and the movement he founded have been responsible for saving the lives of 3,298 newborns during the 17 years he’s been active.

Now Jaccard is retired and a 66-year-old father and grandfather himself, but his crusade to save newborns has not ended. Tracey Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Haven Alliance in Washington, D.C., greatly admires Jaccard’s work and dedication.

"What he's doing is ensuring that mothers are able to move forward with their lives," Johnson said. "And the kids get the gift of life."

This good man’s work doesn’t only affect the newborn. Jaccard’s efforts create families and ripple through generations. Larry Mergentheimer of Levittown, on New York's Long Island, a 44-year-old nurse manager, and his wife Jennifer, a 41-year-old radiological technologist, had been trying to start a family for years.

Jennifer explained, "We wanted to have a baby and a family for so many years and it was such a struggle."

Now the struggle is over. The Mergentheimer’s received the best Mother’s Day present ever when their 18-month-old daughter, Rebecca, was given up in a hospital on Mother’s Day in 2015.

"It was like winning the lottery," said Larry. "You can't ask to complete something any more than putting a child in a home. It's amazing." Jennifer agrees. "Just to have her in our lives, it's the greatest thing in the world," she said.

Now thousands of people, young and old, are blessed that Tim Jaccard choose life as his life’s work.

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