Fla. first responders deliver baby at woman’s home

The woman was home alone when she called 911; crews arrived around five minutes later


By EMS1 Staff

BARTOW, Fla. — Polk County Fire Rescue crews delivered their first baby of the year last week. 

Crews responded to a call of a woman in labor Jan. 5; since there was no time to transport her to the hospital, they delivered the infant at the woman’s home.

Polk County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Parnell and Ashli Sawyer with her newborn son, Zander. (Photo/Polk County Fire Rescue)
Polk County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Parnell and Ashli Sawyer with her newborn son, Zander. (Photo/Polk County Fire Rescue)

Ashli Sawyer, 19, said she was at the hospital the day before, but since she wasn’t dilating she was sent home. 

“I felt like I needed to use the restroom around 2 a.m. and that’s when I noticed my baby was coming,” Sawyer said. 

Sawyer was home alone when she called 911. Around five minutes after placing the call, crews arrived to help deliver her son, Zander. 

“We are so happy for Ashli. Things like this do not happen very often, but when it does our crews are prepared. We wish Ashli and Zander the very best,” said Polk Fire’s Assistant Chief Rick Parnell. “Our crews often see and have to deal with horrible calls, but moments like this bring great joy to our crews."

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