Volunteer firefighters help deliver baby girl in parking lot of Tennessee church

CULLEOKA, Tenn. — There’s a first time for everything, and now four volunteer firefighters in Tennessee can cross delivering a baby off their bucket lists.

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The expectant mother was about 30 minutes out from the hospital she was trying to reach when the 911 dispatchers they were talking to at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday advised them to pull over into a large parking lot and get ready, WSMV reported.

Enter volunteer members of the Maury County Fire Department, who arrived at Stiversville Church of Christ just in time.

“I went to the patient and introduced myself, and by the time I got my name out the baby was introducing herself to me,” critical care paramedic Fabian Oden told the TV station, adding. “Mom did an amazing job with delivering, and dad did an amazing job with supporting mom.”

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According to WSMV, all four responding firefighters had been trained on how to respond to an emergency birthing situation, but Sunday’s call was their first opportunity to put the training to work.

“It’s very rare to deal with childbirth as a first responder,” firefighter Savannah Maddison told the TV station, adding, “It is something that might not happen for many people’s entire careers. This was a very fortunate incident, not only for the first responders involved, but also the mother. She had a department nearby, and we had such a quick response.”

Father Jimmy Lee Farnsworth told WSMV that the family brought Kyler Shaydin – who weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces - home from the hospital Monday afternoon, where she met her four siblings, WSMV reported.

The Maury County Fire Department shared its account of the surprise delivery on its official Facebook page.