A rookie New York firefighter has had an unforgettable first day, as his very first call required him to deliver a newborn baby.
Probationary firefighter Michael Iacovello began his very first shift on Engine Co. 303 last week, when he was called to a woman entering labour at her home. The mother was in labour with her fourth child and told WCBS, “All of a sudden, I felt like a weird pain then I realized that the baby is coming. We have to do something. We decided to make the 911 call.”
The team of firefighters arrived at the apartment, naturally hoping that she would be placed into an ambulance and taken directly to a hospital. After assessing the situation, it didn’t take long for them to realise that there wasn’t time for that.
Firefighter Iacovello told WBCS: “I was really nervous, I was excited, but the training kicked in. She started crying once we suctioned her, and I cut the umbilical cord.”
Michael Iacovello graduated from the @YonkersFireDept academy Friday. This morning he helped deliver a baby girl on his first day on the job. "It was pretty nerve wracking but I had the right training." pic.twitter.com/1KnPWjwuR2
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On Wednesday, Iacovello reunited with Boakye-Aboagye and the healthy baby girl, who was named Obadianah after her mom. “I’m happy to see him, too, and I thank you for everything,” Boakye-Aboagye added.
The fire department honoured Iacovello and his memorable first day with a celebratory cake which read “It’s a girl! Congratulations Mike!” This was later posted on his Facebook page.