Firefighters deliver baby in ambulance
LONDONDERRY - Londonderry Fire Lt. David Johnson has been on a lot of ambulance rides in his career, but he won't likely forget his drive to Catholic Medical Center late Monday afternoon.
At 4:42 p.m., when Londonderry emergency responders arrived at the Hollerans' home on Anthony Drive, expectant mother Megan Holleran's water had already broken. Holleran had reportedly made it to the family car that was parked in the home's garage, but her husband called 911 when it became clear the young mother was well into labor.
Everyone piled into the ambulance, with Johnson behind the wheel and paramedics John Camire and Kevin Barnett and firefighter James "Bo" Butler with the baby's father, Ryan Holleran, speeding off to the Manchester hospital.
"We were on the scene within five minutes," Butler said.
But, try as they did, they couldn't get to Manchester quite fast enough. Little Mac Holleran was born at 5 p.m. sharp, inside the speeding ambulance.
"I don't know if they could have picked a hospital further away," Camire said with a laugh. "But everything worked out well; He had 10 fingers and 10 toes."
Born on his grandparents' 35th wedding anniversary, Mac weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces.
Despite the unusual circumstances, the emergency responders agreed both parents were amazingly calm.
"She was a champ. Through it all she kept cracking jokes with us," Butler said. "It was one of the most perfect calls we could go on," Johnson added. "Things couldn't have gone any better."
While some of the men have delivered babies at various times in their careers, Monday's arrival was definitely a first.
"We've never had one in an ambulance before," Camire said.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- New UNH logo draws mixed reactions - 10
- Nashua school board approves changes in design, hospitality, music programs - 0
- Claremont seeks alternatives to demolishing Stevens High School stage - 0
- UNH unveils new 'shield' logo - 26
- UNH lecturers seek to unionize - 15
- Jump seen in number of free, reduced-price meals at NH schools - 1
- Policy change on school milk may cut food waste - 0
- Youngsters show how they would battle 'Nature's Fury' - 0
- Exploring the dark side of social media - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- UPDATE: 3 teens taken into custody for Laconia boys and girls club damage - 0
- Driver killed in head-on collision in Columbia - 0
- Exeter drug sweep nets four - 1
- UNH's logo: Hip ... for now - 0
- Hollis teen dies in crash on turnpike ramp - 0
- Woman suffers hip injury while fleeing Campton blaze - 0
- Bears sink Cowboys in frigid battle - 0
- Town's Visiting Nurse Service to get new lease on life in 2014 - 0
- Volunteers sought for discipline committees - 0
Hollis teen dies in crash on turnpike ramp
Exeter drug sweep nets four
Wreaths Across America get big send-off
Where’s Waldo? Just ask the NSA
New UNH logo draws mixed reactions
Bird blenders: 'Green energy' sacrifice