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Firefighter who took in abandoned girl speaks out

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This 4-year-old girl was abandoned at a Phoenix Fire station nearly one week ago, and police still have not been able to locate her mother. For the first time we are hearing from the firefighter who took her in that night.

That Phoenix firefighter says he never expected to deal with anything like this. A man walked up to him at the fire station, told him the girl wasn't being cared for, then he left her in his hands and simply walked away.

The firefighters were having a regular night when at 8:30 p.m. a man walked up and asked them to take the girl.

"A couple of guys and I were out in the bay talking when a gentleman walked up with a little girl and he was saying that a lady walked up, said take my daughter, so they did what was right. Took her to the fire station, brought her to us," says firefighter Chris Dorris.

Fire Engineer Chris Dorris and his colleagues had never experienced anything like the responsibility of taking in an unknown child, but were happy to care for this 4-year-old after she was dropped off.

"He was a little uncomfortable but he wanted to make sure she was taken care of," says Dorris.

After checking the child's vital signs, they let her relax inside the station.

"She sat on the chair, we turned the cartoons on, gave her a glass of chocolate milk and while we waiting for CPS and our CR van to get involved and find out what needed to be the next step, she fell asleep in the chair."

Before falling asleep, the little girl sang a song. Dorris said she seemed confused but never got emotional.

"She's a normal little 4-year-old girl, shy, wasn't really talkative."

Police now know who the child's mother is but can't track her down. Dorris says he's curious to what happens next and wants to make sure the child is taken care of.

"I hope that maybe a family member will step up and take care of her so that she can be with family."

If you're wondering why the firefighters didn't stop the man who dropped the girl off, they say it's not their job to detain people and they think he was just trying to do the right thing by bringing the girl to safety.

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