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TVF&R personnel help with special deliveries during storm


Two mothers give birth to girl, boy in ambulance rides

The adventures of local emergency personnel during the extended winter storm last weekend included Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel delivering two healthy babies in mid-transit on Friday and Saturday.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, a couple pulled their vehicle over in a grocery store parking lot near Southwest 185th Avenue and Farmington Road in Aloha to call 911. The expectant mother knew she would not make it to the hospital in time to have her baby.

Firefighters from TVF&R’s Central Beaverton Station 67 responded to the call.

Firefighter Paramedic Aaron Bebb and Firefighter Medic Eric Phillips continued on with the patient in the Metro West ambulance on the way to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on Southwest Barnes Road. Firefighters delivered the baby in the back of the ambulance at the corner of Southwest Hall Boulevard and Canyon Road at 2:35 a.m.

After delivering the healthy baby girl they stopped the ambulance so the baby’s father could get in and meet his new daughter. Firefighters described the unfolding scene as “heartwarming,” said Alisa Cour, TVF&R spokeswoman.

Saturday’s special delivery was the second baby delivery Station 67 had a role in within 24 hours. On Friday, Feb. 7, Station 67 Captain Paramedic Kraig Moisan and Firefighter Paramedic Jesse Fitzpatrick delivered a healthy baby boy at 2:21 a.m. on northbound Highway 217 on the way to Providence St. Vincent, again in the back of a Metro West ambulance.

“Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue congratulates these families on the birth of their babies,” Cour said. “These little ones will have exciting stories to tell for years to come about being born during Portland’s biggest February snowstorm in 10 years.”