Calif. firefighter delivers his own daughter on side of highway
The L.A. County fire engineer pulled over on the way to the hospital and delivered the 6-pound, 8-ounce girl, wrapping her in his T-shirt before paramedics arrived
by FireRescue1 Staff
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A firefighter delivered his own daughter on the side of a Calif. highway after his wife told him they would not make it to the hospital in time.
Matt, whose last name was not provided, and his wife Jackie welcomed the girl, who they named Camryn, on Tuesday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
The father, who previously worked with OCFA and is now an L.A. County Fire Department engineer, wrapped the 6-pound, 8-ounce newborn in his T-shirt before an OCFA engine arrived to assist and transport the family to the hospital.
“Matt kept reassuring me that she was breathing and then, yeah, the paramedics took it from there,” said Jackie, in an OCFA video.
The couple’s 2-year-old twin boys met their new sister at the hospital later that day.
After delivering his baby girl on the side of 405, Matt and Jackie were relieved when OCFA E36 arrived. The former OCFA employee, now LA County firefighter was driving his wife to the hospital, but baby Camryn wasn’t waiting. Congratulations and job well done by all! @LACoFDPIO pic.twitter.com/VThToev6NL— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) November 8, 2019