Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 14, 2013

Special delivery

Firefighters help Andover couple welcome baby boy

By Dustin Luca

---- — The Fire Department has a new claim to fame: call us and we’ll deliver your baby in 20 minutes or less.

Five firefighters helped an Andover family deliver a baby in front of their home on Arundel Street Monday morning after it was determined the mother was “too far along” in labor to wait out a trip to the hospital.

“We got there and she was in active labor. By the time she got to the ambulance, they decided she wasn’t going to make it” to Lawrence General Hospital, Fire Deputy Chief Keith Weightman said. “She was too far along.”

The mother was loaded on the ambulance, and the Andover firefighters at the scene helped deliver the baby from the back of the vehicle, according to Weightman.

Advanced Life Support services from Lawrence General Hospital also assisted once they arrived.

Assisting in the delivery were Andover firefighters Richie Capano, Jamison Lockhart, Cliff Pattullo, Garrett Farris and Lt. Bob Dalton.

The Fire Department, citing laws protecting medical information, was not naming the family involved in the call as of press time. The baby was the family’s second child — a healthy boy weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, Weightman said.

With the on-scene arrival time clocked at 7:26 a.m. and departure tallied at 7:45 a.m., it took 19 minutes to deliver the baby and send the family — new addition in hand — to Lawrence General, according to Weightman.

In a way, firefighters can credit an old adage: practice makes perfect.

“There’s quite a few guys here who can claim they’ve delivered,” Weightman said. “It does happen once, twice a year maybe.”