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Vernon firefighter helps deliver healthy baby girl

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May 03, 2021 - 2:01 PM

A Vernon firefighter’s previous experience as an ambulance paramedic served him in good stead as he helped deliver a healthy baby girl this past weekend.

Fire crews responded when a woman went into emergency labour in the 6900 block of Cummins Road at around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, May 1, and since the fire hall was so close, they are on the scene in two minutes, according to a City of Vernon media release.

“By the time we got upstairs, the baby was already coming so there was no time to get the mother to hospital,” acting lieutenant Trevor Keenan said in the release.

Because fire crews were on the scene first, firefighter Cody Grier coached her through the baby’s delivery with a BC Ambulance Service dispatcher on the phone.

Turns out, Grier worked as a paramedic for 10 years before he became a firefighter.

Paramedics arrived minutes later and confirmed mother and baby were healthy before taking them to the hospital.

“There aren’t many times in your career that you get to congratulate someone and tell them they have a beautiful baby girl,” Grier said in the release. “The mother did such a great job. It was a moment to remember.”


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