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A Daviess County family and Owensboro Fire Chief Steve Mitchell are trying to raise awareness for a safe haven law, which would allow people to leave babies with emergency responders or hospitals – with no questions asked.

Lori Lewis said she received a lot of phone calls about kids who need a place to stay when she was a foster parent, but one call 10 years ago changed her life.

“She said this situation is different,” said Lori. “She is a safe haven baby and she will be yours forever. That dropped me to my knees and tears started flowing.”

Lori tells 14NEWS a mother dropped her baby off at a fire station to be given up for adoption.

She adopted the baby and named her Gloria.

Lori and Gloria, now 11-years-old, live in Daviess County and are wanting to raise awareness for safe haven laws.

“We want to spread the word for safe haven,” said Gloria. “We don’t want more babies to suffer than what they already are.”

Fire Chief Steve Mitchell and the family gave a presentation to the Owensboro City Commission at a work session Tuesday afternoon.

Steve wants to put informational signs at every fire station in Owensboro letting people know about safe haven laws.

He says abandoned babies in Owensboro isn’t a problem, but wants to be proactive in letting mothers know the law.

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