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Special delivery: Fairfax Co. firefighters help deliver a baby in fire station parking lot

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It was about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when a car pulled into the parking lot of Fire Station 25 in Reston, with a mom in labor in the passenger seat.  The soon-to-be parents had been on the way to the hospital and realized the baby wasn't going to wait.

"They were on the way to the hospital, she was supposed to be induced today, and today was her due date," said EMS Technician Nels Jorgenson.  "And the baby had other plans."

He said the couple saw Station 25 on Wiehle Avenue and quickly stopped, then called inside to ask firefighters for help.

"Everyone got up, came downstairs, and and we found a mother and father outside in the car.  And the father had caught the baby," Jorgenson said. "I basically took the baby from the dad and held onto the baby and everyone joined in patient care at that point."

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue shared photos of the team at Station 25 in Reston jumping into action, crowded around the car and providing aid in the moments after the baby was born.

"Special delivery! Fire station 25, Reston, B-Shift delivered a healthy baby girl in the parking lot of the station around 8:30 this morning," the department wrote on Twitter.

"Mom was worried about the baby because the baby wasn't crying right away," Jorgenson said. "But we got towels, suction, warmed up the baby, dried off the baby, and she started crying."

20-year-old Patrick Yeh, a rookie firefighter who has only been on the job for about a month, said it was his first time helping to deliver a baby.

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"It felt good because they tell us in recruit school when the baby starts crying they have an airway and start to get their color back," he said.  "It's also my birthday, so me and the baby share a birthday now!"

Jorgenson said the team then worked to clamp and cut the  umbilical cord before loading mother and baby into an ambulance to take them to the hospital.

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"Not the average day at work," he said. "There is no average day at work!"

He also gave credit to the mother and father, whose quick thinking in a stressful situation brought them to the fire station.  

"The dad was holding the baby in his hands when we got downstairs," Jorgenson said said. "It was quite quick."

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