Created: 05/22/2014 4:26 PM
By: Nick LaGrange, WFIE
An Illinois teenager abandoned in a freezing, snow covered cemetery as an infant has been reunited with the man who saved her life.
The story begins back in November, 1995 on a very cold morning in Champaign, Illinois.
"My birth mother abandoned me," explains Skyler James. "I was left in a cemetery. That night, there was a call put out to the dispatchers."
An anonymous woman called 911 around 7a.m. that morning and told dispatchers a child had been abandoned under a pine tree at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Police and fire crews were dispatched there, but couldn't find anything.
That's when local firefighter Charlie Heflin, who happened to be listening to the scanner traffic, decided to help.
On a hunch, Charlie went to a different nearby cemetery to look for the infant.
He didn't find anything and started walking to his truck, but something told him to check again.
"I heard a little whimper when I got close to the tree,' said Charlie. "I dug down inside this real huge pine tree and found her."
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