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Surprise delivery earns SC firefighter-medic recognition

With no practical neonatal experience, Ireland credited his training from Burton Assistant Chief Randy Wells in knowing what to do in the situation

By Matt McNab
Post and Courier

BURTON, S.C. — A Burton firefighter was honored last month for helping to successfully deliver and resuscitate a premature baby in February.

Lt. John Ireland was working his part-time job as a paramedic for Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services on Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday, when he helped deliver the baby girl in the middle of nowhere while transporting her mother from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to a hospital in Charleston.

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