The firefighting community is morning the loss of a woman from the Central Coast who died last week shortly after giving birth to twins.
Family and friends say Amanda Sawyer, a Morro Bay High School grad, died April 9. She was 37 years old.
"Pregnancy had gone well and Amanda arrived at the hospital carrying those precious bundles 37.5 weeks. Everything was going smooth until not long after the girls were born, Amanda said she was not (feeling) well. Within the hour, they lost Amanda," reads a GoFundMe account set up to help Sawyer’s husband, Nick Reeder.
"What should have been a beautiful moment in Nick and Amanda’s life turned bitter sweet in a matter of moments. Amanda leaves behind 5 children, 11, 6, 3 and newborn twins without their mom. This family’s life is now turned upside down and will never be the same. Nick is left to bare the pain of losing his wife at the same time feeling the joy of having beautiful healthy daughters," wrote Katherine Justice-Straps on the GoFundMe page.
Reeder, a Fresno County/CAL FIRE captain, is now a single father of five, including newborn twins Kaia Lyn and Kelce Jo.
"I would like to Thank everyone for your generous support and donations. The twins are doing wonderful. They are eating, sleeping and growing. Their mom was the love of my life and even though she is no longer here physically she is here in spirit. I will post updated pictures shortly. Again thank you all for your outpouring support. We are so blessed," Reeder wrote in an update posted Wednesday.
If you’d like to help Reeder, click here.
A family memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at the San Joaquin Wine Club in Madera, according to the GoFundMe page.