A Southeast D.C. day care operator was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.

D.C. day care operator Regina Snead was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WTOP/Dick Uliano

D.C. day care operator Regina Snead was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WTOP/Dick Uliano

D.C. day care operator Regina Snead was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WTOP/Dick Uliano

D.C. day care operator Regina Snead was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WTOP/Dick Uliano

A Southeast D.C. day care operator was honored Saturday for serving to save the lives of 16 youngsters on the Baby Einstein Child Development Center in January.

There have been 16 youngsters inside the middle on Marion Barry Avenue, within the coronary heart of Anacostia, when the day care heart’s proprietor and director Regina Snead smelled the distinctive odor of pure gasoline.

She promptly led the evacuation of the kids and her employees — and about half-hour later, the gasoline leak touched off an explosion that demolished the comfort retailer subsequent door and broken the day care.

A proclamation issued by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reads, partly: ” … to Ms. Regina Snead for her professionalism that saved the lives of 16 D.C. youngsters … District residents owe you an unlimited debt of gratitude in your braveness and your extraordinary dedication to offering a secure, loving and nurturing baby care.”

At a festive gathering Saturday afternoon, a jazz trio performed whereas associates and supporters of Snead congratulated her and took half in a silent public sale geared toward elevating cash for a brand new residence for the day care heart.

Snead has constantly credited her employees with the secure evacuation of the kids.

“I’m simply grateful that everybody acknowledged that it took some very particular folks and a few particular abilities to get the kids out,” Snead mentioned

D.C. Fire Chief John Donnelly additionally issued a commendation to Snead and her employees within the type of a plaque, which reads: “Presented to the Baby Einstein Child Development Center, in recognition of your fast actions to evacuate the kid day care heart which saved the lives of youngsters and employees on January 18, 2024.”

Chief Donnelly later spoke to reporters about Snead’s heroic actions.

“When somebody reacts so appropriately and also you see the outcomes so clearly that folks’s lives have been saved, it’s very rewarding,” Donnelly mentioned. “It’s outstanding and it’s one thing we should always rejoice.”

Snead’s day care heart is in non permanent quarters whereas she searches for appropriate area to relocate.

She is hoping to boost $250,000 through a GoFundMe campaign for the day care center.

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