Pawtucket firefighters help woman deliver baby in traffic


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — While you were sitting in traffic, a local woman was giving birth with the help of some fast-acting firefighters.

September fourteenth at the station started just like any other, but it wouldn’t remain that way for long.

“It was kind of a typical day, it was a Friday.  It was a busy day for us,” Captain David Reed said.

“We were called on the highway for a woman in labor.  It’s a common call, we get a lot of maternity calls, but usually, they don’t end in a childbirth,” Captain Earl Newman said.

“It felt different for some reason, it came in and my partner and I just look at each other and say, this sounds legit,” Tiffany Pacheco said.

And they were right, and being a Saturday afternoon, traffic had already started to slow to a crawl on I-95 South.

“It was very heavy traffic, it was a typical afternoon, a lot of people were on the road, and also we have construction in the city at this time,” Captain Reed said.

Despite bumper to bumper backups, the team made it to the woman’s car in less than five minutes.

“Looking at her, you just knew, alright this baby is coming,” Pacheco said.

With no time to drive to the hospital the EMT’s loaded the woman into the rescue where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

“It was an easy delivery, it was quick, there were, you know it was uncomplicated, the child was fine.  So it kind of ended how we would hope,” Captain Newman said.

The firefighters said helping someone in a happy moment was a nice change of pace.

“Usually people call, it’s the worst day.  Something’s wrong, something happened, and we need to fix that.  And to be able to share childbirth with somebody, it’s very exciting,” Stephen Bejma said.

“It was just nice to have that kind of refresh, how you feel about the job.  Just to be a part of that, it was awesome,” Pacheco said.

While the firefighters haven’t spoken with the woman since she gave birth, they’re told both the mother and baby are doing well.

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