Bedford Firefighters have had a busy month, delivering not one, but two babies before their mothers could arrive at the hospital.
Firefighters Michael Sargent and Brian Oates were in the back of an ambulance transporting a soon-to-be-mom to a Boston hospital Wednesday morning.
The group made it to the Sullivan Square exit on I-93 before the kid decided they had gone far enough—it was time.
In the heat of the moment, Sargent said the imminent birth put him in “reactive mode,” noting he was mostly concerned about catching—and especially not dropping—the newborn.
Though he’s fought fires for six years, the veteran said this was his first time assisting a birth.
“It’s something you learn in EMT school, and you try to stay up on your skills,” Sargent said. “You hope it all comes back to you when the time was right.”
“[That way] you are able to give it to Mom real quick, because all she wants to do is hold it,” he said. “[She] went from anger and pain to smiles and joy...very relieved.”
“It was very cool to see the joy on [the parents’] faces,” he added.
Sargent actually went to high school with colleague Matt Busa, who delivered a baby in a Bedford home last month—prompting some friendly competition between the brother firefighters.
“I had to one up him, right?” Sargent laughed.
The parents were still deciding on a name by the time first responders left them at the hospital.