WCFR Firefighters Help a Mother Give Birth to a Baby Girl


DeFuniak Springs, Fla — Local firefighters help a mother give birth to a baby girl in the back of an ambulance Tuesday.

On Wednesday, September 27, just before 5:00 PM, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a 21-year-old woman who was in labor. Walton County Fire Rescue Medic 4 arrived on scene to find the woman lying on her side in her bed. The patient stated that she was 37 weeks pregnant and experiencing contractions.

While being transported to a local hospital, Walton County Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic Austin Pugh and firefighter/EMT Dawson Beale helped the DeFuniak Springs woman give birth to a baby girl weighing 6 lbs. 5 oz.

“These are the moments that make it all worth it,” says Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Many times, first responders deal with incidents with unfortunate outcomes, so when you get to experience a blessing like this, it reminds you why you do what you do.”

Firefighter/paramedic Pugh and firefighter/EMT Beale stopped by the hospital yesterday to visit with the family. The mother and baby are happy and healthy.

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