Glendale firefighters deliver baby on the way to hospital

GLENDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- One local baby made quite the entrance into the world, and Glendale Fire was there to help.

Firefighters and paramedics have to be prepared for every type of emergency, so when a call came in around 4:00 a.m. in June, Glendale Fire went to work.

"Typical dispatch for a pregnancy we don't really know until we get there," said Chris James with Glendale Fire.

What Chris James, Scott Schwegler, and William Young didn't know was how close mom was to giving birth.

"She was in labor her water broke," said Scott Schwegler.

"Mom started getting very anxious, she was telling us that the baby was coming right now," said William Young.

The firefighters worked side by side with paramedic Joshua Gallagher who arrived in the ambulance shortly before the firetruck did.

"It was all hands on deck by the time we knew she was going to deliver in the back we were grabbing the needed tools and equipment," said Joshua Gallagher.

The drive to the hospital was only 10 minutes away but the baby boy could not wait!

"I think we were two minutes from the hospital by the time it was happening, mom said I can't hold it anymore I'm pushing, we got ready and baby out in a matter of three minutes."

Mom and baby are healthy and the first responders are thrilled to be a part of something so special!