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‘One of the most rewarding calls:’ Firefighters help deliver baby in ambulance

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 7:22 PM EDT
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WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - Firefighters in Buncombe County helped an EMS crew bring a bundle of joy into the world.

According to a Facebook post by the Town of Weaverville Fire Department, the crew along with Reems Creek ambulance responded to a woman possibly going into labor this morning.

Firefighters arrived to the house first and saw the mother on the porch.

They helped until the ambulance arrived, but the ambulance only made it 100 feet with the mother before they had to stop. The baby was then delivered by EMS workers with the help of some firefighters.

“It is very rewarding,” said Captain Casey Duckworth. “A lot of times we get called for cardiac arrest and have to let the family know that they have lost a loved one and it’s very rewarding to actually reverse that and deliver the baby and then listen to them let their loved one know that they are a mother and a father now.”

They say the mother and the baby, Runa Waddell who was born 7 pounds 15 ounces, are doing great.

Firefighters help deliver baby in Buncombe County.
Firefighters help deliver baby in Buncombe County.(Viewer Submission)

“It is always an honor and pleasure to assist with bringing a life into the world, we see a lot of horrible things but this is one of the most rewarding calls we can respond to.”

Town of Weaverville Fire Department