Community rushes to pregnant mother's aid

Monita Gibbs was due to give birth to a son on Tuesday, but a different kind of emergency brought neighbors, police and fire to the Conover home of the mother of a disabled child.

"I went into the laundry room and I just saw smoke," she said. "A lot of smoke."

With smoke rapidly filling her home, Gibbs said she knew she had to get her son Antonio James out of the home on 8th Avenue SW. The 15-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and is on a ventilator, and she said she knew she had to get him out.

That's when help the scene. Neighbors rushed to her aide, she said, and around the corner at McQueens Chapel United Methodist Church, Conover Police were holding a neighborhood watch meeting. Officers, too, raced to offer help.

"By the time I called the fire department, paramedics, police, fire trucks — the whole neighborhood swarmed in," she said. "I was so thankful."

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