West Hartford firefighters help deliver newborn


The West Hartford Fire Department assisted in the successful delivery of a baby boy on Thursday morning. 

Engine two in West Hartford responds to yet another call. It has been a long busy shift for firefighters, that started early with a call for help from a pregnant mother.

Firefighter Lars Irvine says once they arrived, things started moving fast.

“A little after 4 o’clock this morning a baby boy was born very healthy, and things went well.”

Believe it or not, Irvine has helped deliver babies before, eight of them in fact. And he says from the time the water breaks to the time he hands the baby over to mama is special.

“It’s magical, you look at this child, and this is the beginning of life.”

“This is my first!”

Ryan Shea was one of eight firefighters, paramedics and EMTs in the room.

“It was a lot better than I expected, it was quite the experience, it was really unbelievable!”

Firefighters say, ironically, just before the 911 came in for the pregnant woman, another call had come in right across the street. They were just in the area, and that’s why they had such a quick response time. They literally were right across the street.

We did reach out to the hospital, to see if the mother would want to talk about it. She didn’t, but who could blame her?

Firefighter Jarred Smith says it brought joy to his heart.

“Most of the calls we encounter are some sort of tragic event that happened I had of time. Somebody got sick or injured or is in a fire or an accident. This is one of those few calls where you leave and everyone feels positive.”

The fire department has been in touch with the family, and tonight mom and baby are resting comfortably.

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