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Pascagoula firefighter's baby girl severely ill

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A Pascagoula firefighter's baby girl is severely ill and medical bills are piling up. Now his fellow firefighters and police officers have teamed up to help. They are also asking South Mississippians to find it in their hearts to give during this tough time.

Six year Pascagoula fireman, Lt. Chris McCormick has more than fighting fires on his mind these days. His only baby girl, Tinley is also extremely ill.  

"She is not even two months old yet and after she was born they discovered that she had seven blockages in her intestines," Pascagoula Police Sgt. Doug Adams said.  

Tinley is still in a Mobile hospital and has undergone several surgeries. 

"But that has not corrected the problem yet. She is still in intensive care, and they are trying to do something with medication, but it looks like she may have to have more surgeries down the road," Adams said. 

Firefighters said just knowing what the McCormick family is going through really saddens them. 

"I got two kids myself, and I know how hard it would be if something happening to your kids. I couldn't wish that on anybody," said Lt. Bart Culpepper, Pascagoula Fire Department. 

"It's been a burden on them emotionally, financially and physically," Adams said.

The police and firefighters are now going beyond the call of duty for Lt. McCormick. 

"If he needs money, we give it to him. He is humble, and he doesn't ask for money," Culpepper said.

Police and firefighters said they are also pondering other ways they can help because they believe it is going to be a long road to recover for little Tinley. 

"We are trying to get maybe a fish fry or something like through the union here in Pascagoula. We got our union, so try to setup something so we are making some money to try to help pay the bills," Culpepper said. 

They're also asking citizens to dig deep in their pockets and donate. 

"Most of us get to bring our child home after two or three days when they are healthy," Adams said. "This child has not left the hospital since she was born; the family is just going through a traumatic time." 

An account has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank under the Tinley McCormick Donation Fund.  You can also drop off your donation at the Pascagoula Fire and Police departments. 

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