Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Kristin Schneider, her husband, and two children visited the Northbrook Fire Department Aug. 6 to thank firefighters who responded to the woman in labor call June 19 at the Northbrook Marathon.

The parents were on their way to Evanston Hospital. The 911 call came at 5:12 p.m. and Abigail arrived shortly after. The baby had the umbilical cord around her neck.

“Paramedics used quick judgment and took decisive actions to correct a nuchal cord complication,” Northbrook Fire Chief Jose Torres said.

Personnel to be recognized include Lt. Joel Eaton, Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Geiger, Craig Skala, and Mark Thompson, Fire Engineer Tom Schaul, and District Chief Daniel Quinn.

“They were able to reassure the patient throughout the delivery process and still had the situational awareness to offer the father an opportunity to cut the umbilical cord,” wrote Eaton in his July 21 award nomination email to Torres.

“A lot of calls that we respond to are the worst moments in a person’s life and so it’s really positive to go on a call that most would describe as the best moment in their life,” Eaton said.

A pink stork decal, a second one for that particular ambulance, was affixed Aug. 6 in honor of the birth.


thanks Dan

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