EXCLUSIVE: Two Fairview police officers and a pair of EMTs teamed up to deliver a healthy baby boy on a kitchen floor during this afternoon’s lull in the snowstorm.
The newborn’s father had planned to take the 39-year-old mother to the hospital for the delivery after getting out of work today. But the little guy apparently had other ideas.
Officers Burke Kacaroglu reached the Kennedy Drive home first after the 3 p.m. call.
“She was sitting at the kitchen table when I walked in. Her two sons were outside shoveling,” he told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “She was sweating a little and looked like she was in some pain.”
“How many weeks are you?” he asked her. “Do you think the baby is coming?”
“I think so,” she sheepishly replied.
Kacaroglu took out his cellphone to time the contractions. They were just under a minute apart.
“That was a little too close,” he said, laughing.
Within moments, fellow Officer Sevan Kasparyan had arrived, along with EMTs Vivian Nuvolone and Diego Porras.
“We were already plenty busy going from call to call because of the storm,” Kasparyan said.
He, Kacaroglu and Porras grabbed sheets and blankets and got a stretcher ready.
Nuvalone helped lay the expecting mom on the blankets on the kitchen floor.
“She was a little hesitant at first. People always want things to go a certain way,” Porras said.
“I told her I needed to check to see whether she was dilating,” said Nuvalone, a 15-year EMS veteran and mother of three.
“We initially thought that she’d deliver at the hospital — or at least on the way,” Kacaroglu told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “So we started administering oxygen.”
As the cops turned away, Nuvolone had a look.
“He’s coming,” she said.
One push was all it took.
Porras cut the cord — 3:15 p.m., for those keeping track — and the group safely hustled mother and newborn into the ambulance.
“Our main concern was having her transported as soon as possible,” Porras said.
All agreed that wheelman Kacaroglu delivered a quick but smooth ride — with very little traffic, to boot.
“The mother was very happy. The baby was crying and comfortable. Everything was great,” Nuvalone said.
It was a first for Nuvalone, as well as for both officers. It was also a first, in a way, for Nuvalone’s partner.
“I had one before where I assisted after we got to this hospital,” said Porras, who’s been riding a rig the past five years. “This was my first unassisted.”
“It wasn’t my child, but I got a little emotional there,” Kacaroglu told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It’s a weird, wonderful feeling that I never had before.”
All in all, the officer said, “it was a happy ending to a hectic day.”
PHOTO: Fairview Police Officer Burke Kacaroglu, Fairview EMTs Diego Porras and Vivain Nuvolone, Fairview Police Officer Sevan Kasparyan (Courtesy FAIRVIEW POLICE CHIEF FRANK DELVECCHIO)
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