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Deputies help with roadside childbirth



When law enforcement officers put on their badge and gear to head to work they never know what their shift may bring.

Most days are routine, but every once in a while they’re thrown a curve. If they’re lucky, it’s a good curve that’s life giving instead of life taking.

Sunday night was one of those special times for Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rose Farris and Sgt. Stuart Nelson.

The officers were dispatched at 8:15 p.m. to the Interstate 81 off ramp at Exit 92 in Draper for a female in labor. Sheriff Mike Worrell said the officers found a male outside a vehicle when they arrived on the scene. He told the officers a female in the passenger seat was in labor.

REMSI medics were en route, but it seems the baby didn’t want to wait on them. Worrell said Farris began assisting with the baby’s delivery inside the vehicle.

When REMSI arrived on the scene it was determined the baby and mother needed transport to the hospital for medical attention. At that point, Nelson drove REMSI’s vehicle so rescue personnel and Farris could be with the baby and mother.

Worrell noted emergency dispatcher Amanda Giampocaro assisted the couple by phone until help arrived on scene.

“This call is a perfect example of the teamwork that takes place every day amongst our first responders and a fine example of a job well done by all,” Worrell said.



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