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Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 4, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Armstrong Ambulance EMT’s Help Deliver Baby in Brighton on Sunday
ARLINGTON — Two Armstrong Ambulance Service Emergency Medical Technicians were having a fairly routine shift on Sunday when bystanders on Soldier’s Field Road in Brighton urgently flagged down their ambulance.
Initially, EMT Trevor O’Shea and EMT Eric Hackett thought there had been a car accident on the busy road, but they soon learned that there was something altogether different happening — a baby boy was being born, and he did not feel like waiting for his mother to get to the hospital before making his debut in the world.
“This was the last thing we were expecting as we were driving down the road, but we train to be prepared for anything,” said EMT O’Shea, who has worked for Armstrong Ambulance since September 2010.
“Too often, first responders encounter people during accidents or traumatic events,” said EMT Hackett, who has worked for Armstrong since November 2014. “It was very exciting to be part of a new life entering the world, and I was glad to play a small role. To be fair, mom did most of the work.”
The baby was born in his mother’s car, and the Armstrong crew cleared his airway, cut and clamped the umbilical cord, and tended to the mother.
The two were taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital, where mother and baby are said to be doing well.
About Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc.
Based in Arlington, Mass., Armstrong Ambulance was founded in 1946, shortly after Bill Armstrong returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. While living at home, he watched his mother, a registered nurse, care for friends and family when they were injured or sick, and was inspired to follow her example. As the company grew, Bill earned a reputation for care and compassion, and quickly became an industry leader. He was instrumental in forming the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, developed to ensure the highest standards of care by ambulance services statewide. Today, Armstrong employs 300 highly-trained emergency medical services professionals, and provides EMS services to 17 communities in the Greater Boston Area, responding to more than 45,000 emergency calls every year.