April 13 2016

Two Fire Department EMT's Recognized for Delivering Baby on Side of the Road

By: Rich Hosford

The head of the Burlington Fire Department and the Board of Selectmen recognized two EMT’s who delivered a premature baby in an emergency deliver on the side of the road. 


During the meeting Fire Chief Steve Yetman told the board what happened and how the quick work of the EMT’s both mother and baby were delivered safely to the hospital. 


“On December 9th, 2015 at approximately 5 p.m., the Burlington Fire Department responded to a 911 call for a pregnant female possibly in labor.  


While in route to the call the responding personnel were given an update from Dispatcher Steve Baia that the patient was 32 weeks pregnant and actively having contractions. That changes your mindset. This baby is very premature, by several weeks. 


Along with paramedics from Armstrong Ambulance, EMT’s Eric Fitzgerald and Bill Toland, assessed, treated and began to transport the patient to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While transporting to the hospital it became evident that the delivery was imminent.  


The crew pulled the ambulance over and prepared for delivery.  Shortly after a baby boy was delivered.  The baby required immediate resuscitation, including oxygen, ventilations and chest compressions. Shortly after resuscitation efforts were started, the baby’s vital signs improved.  After stabilizing the baby and mother, the crew proceeded to transport them to Winchester hospital.  


While at Winchester Hospital, the baby was further stabilized and later transferred to Childrens Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.  The mother was also stabilized at Winchester Hospital and admitted.  


According to follow up reports, the baby did well at Childrens Hospital and was transferred back to Winchester for

further care and to be with his mother.”


After the chief informed the board of the two men’s heroic actions the members of the board presented the pair with certificates of commendation for their work and quick action. 


“This is a terrific department,” Selectman Bob Hogan said. “These guys are well trained and they are very enthusiastic and dedicated and the town is fortunate to have them.” 


Burlington Fire Department EMT's Eric Fitzgerald and Bill Toland were given certificates of commendation by the Board of Selectmen



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