BEDFORD -- A pair of brothers, one a police officer and one a firefighter, are being lauded for helping to deliver a baby that simply couldn't wait until her mother got to the hospital or until EMTs arrived.
Bedford police and the Bedford Fire Department said in a joint press release that Officer Jon Busa and firefighter Matt Busa were both working at 12:07 a.m., Monday when they were both sent to a call on Bonnievale Drive for a woman who was in labor.
The Busa brothers, along with police sergeants Jeffrey Wardwell and Richard Vitale and firefighters Mark Radwich, Mark Daly and Nick Anderson, arrived just minutes before a baby girl was born.
The brothers found the soon-to-be mother in a bathroom of her home, and after a few quick pushes, the mother, whose family has requested privacy, delivered a baby girl. It would be about seven more minutes before an ambulance and paramedics arrived.
"I can't believe how quickly it happened. We got there, the mother pushed, and there she was. It was a pretty unbelievable experience," said Fire Lt. Scott Wicker, the highest-ranking firefighter who went to the scene. "The baby let out a healthy cry, then we wrapped her up and it was all pretty calm and peaceful, considering what had just happened."
The mother and newborn girl were then taken to a local hospital where they are reportedly doing well, according to the press release.
Officer Jon Busa said first responders are always aware of the chance they may have to help deliver a baby, but that it's impossible to know how things will go once that moment arrives.
"In the emergency world, a lot of what we do involves helping people who are going through something negative. So bringing a new life into the world is a pretty amazing feeling," said firefighter Matt Busa. "It's something I'll never forget."
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