First responders deliver baby during Hurricane Irma
Fire crews and police took an armored vehicle through the city to reach the woman’s house
By FireRescue1 Staff
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Amid the chaos of Hurricane Irma, a group of first responders brought a sense of peace to a woman who went into labor during the storm.
Dispatcher Lou Falco told CNN that the baby was already on her way when he picked up the 911 call.
Police and fire crews drove an armored vehicle through the city, but it was difficult to reach her home due to storm damage.
“When we got there, [the baby] was pretty much all the way out… and the mother of the person in labor was actually pretty much delivering the baby – her own granddaughter – in the bathroom on the floor,” Asst. Fire Chief John Whalen said.
First responders cut the baby’s umbilical cord before the mother and child were transported to the hospital. A photo posted by the Coral Springs Fire Department shows the first responders comforting the mother while another first responder holds the baby.
#BREAKING: Kudos to our 911 Dispatch, Coral Springs Police and Coral Springs Fire Department for delivering a baby girl safely at home during #HurricaneIrma @cbs4 @nbc6 @wsvnPosted by Coral Springs Fire Department on Sunday, September 10, 2017
“We were trying to do everything professionally, but I wanted to take pictures to share this moment because it’s not very often that we get to experience something like this,” Sgt. Scott Myers said.
The mother and baby are recovering. The first responders were invited back to meet the baby named April.