PAWTUCKET - Five Firefighters from the Pawtucket Fire Department (PFD) delivered a baby on Friday while responding to a 911 call on I-95. The call came in at 3:36 p.m. from a car on 95 South near the Smithfield Ave exit (Exit 25) regarding a pregnant 26 year old woman going into labor. Captains David Reed and Earl Newman, and Firefighters Tiffany Pacheco, Stephen Bejma, and Shawn Bailey from the PFD's D-Platoon responded in Engine 2 (E2) and Rescue 1 (R1).
Upon arriving, the fire crew quickly transported the patient from her car to the rescue. Once inside the rescue, it was determined to be in the patient's best interest for her to deliver the child there rather than attempt to move her to a Providence Hospital. The patient gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 3:48 p.m., and both mother and child were soon transported to Women and Infant's Hospital in Providence. According to reports by the PFD, both the mother and baby are healthy and doing well.
"We are very proud that our Firefighters were able to assist with the birth, and commend them on their professionalism," said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, "Most of all, we wish all the best to the new mother."
"The crews of R1 and E2 did an outstanding job on I-95 S on 9/15/18 bringing a new life into this world. The combined efforts of both companies were outstanding," said Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson. "Responding to EMS calls is very stressful. Delivering a baby is a very happy and memorable experience to all of our firefighters. It is a moment they will remember their entire careers and beyond. The story will be told by over and over by both the family and firefighters. They will never forget that day or the location on I-95. The Pawtucket Fire Department extends its well wishes to the family and good health."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wilder Arboleda
September 18, 2018
401-728-0500 ext. 358
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien