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Dispatcher helps father-to-be deliver baby

Healthy baby girl delivered two minutes after call was received

Posted: January 6, 2014 - 2:32pm  |  Updated: January 7, 2014 - 1:04am

A Juneau Police Department dispatcher helped a father-to-be deliver a baby this weekend by giving instructions over the phone.

JPD said they received a 911 call from the man, who reported his wife was in active labor at a residence on Third Street at 4:12 p.m. Saturday.

The dispatcher on the line walked the man through the process, and police said a healthy baby girl was delivered two minutes later at 4:14 p.m.

Paramedics with Capital City Fire and Rescue arrived on scene within minutes of the delivery and found that the mother and baby were “doing well and in good health,” according to a JPD news release. The two did not have to be transported to the hospital.

“Best wishes and congratulations to the family on the arrival of their little girl,” JPD spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said.

Kalwara told the Empire dispatcher-in-training Mackenzie Burnett took the call, and her trainer, Alisha Sell, dispatched CCFR to the scene. Another dispatcher, Tonya Kurtz, assisted with the medical instructions.

“It was a real team effort,” Kalwara said. “The call was dispatched within 13 seconds.”

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