Baby Born On Front Steps Of Lawtey City Hall
LAWTEY - Here in North Central Florida, the last thing two men were expecting to do is help deliver a baby on the front steps of city hall. The baby could've had a different fate if it weren't for a couple of public servants who love their job.
It was an unexpected work day for two men who are trained to help people. In this particular day they helped bring new life into this world-- right here on the steps of Lawtey's City Hall.
"The parents and I saw the joy on their face and it's just amazing… I am just glad I was able to help them. This call reminded me of why I love doing what I am doing," said Barron Warner a volunteer firefighter/certified EMT.
A couple from Citrus County were on their way to Saint Vincent's Healthcare in Jacksonville to have their baby, when the wife could not bear the pain any longer. They were forced to stop near Lawtey's City Hall.
"Her husband that was kneeling next to her, he was on the phone, he asked me… are you a police officer. And I said yes, sir I am. And he said good because my wife is going into labor," said, Captain Nathan Blom Lawtey Police Department.
Usually a stork is responsible for bringing babies to new parents. In this case the stork took the shape of a volunteer firefighter and certified EMT.
"So I run back to the fire station because we have an ambulance station back there too and I start knocking on the door and of course nobody answers because they're already on a call. Then Barron pulls up and I am like I am so glad to see you," Captain Blom said.
Barron Warner who lives a block from city hall heard the emergency over the scanner and rushed to help. "And I had to get my gear on real quick and I come over… as soon as I came around the corner, they were saying the baby is here! The baby is here! I just immediately snapped into action."
But everything wasn't as easy as it sounds. Captain Blom said, "The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, but he jumped right in there and he got the baby free, the baby started crying and I am just like yes! That is awesome, that is great!"
Warner says this one of the most amazing moments in his life. And while it may not top the birth of his own kids, when they come, he'll be prepared.
"Us fire and EMS police we see a lot of bad. It's very rare that we get to see the good in things for that to happen it's a great reminder and I am sure everybody can agree, is a great reminder of why we love doing what we doing," Warner added.
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