Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Delivers First Baby in Medic Unit

Wintergreen Fire & Rescue delivered their first baby, Magnolia, in a medic unit on April 23, 2024, with a response time of 28 minutes. The crew, including firefighter and EMT Clay Brinker, helped deliver the baby at the mother's home before transporting her to the hospital.

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Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Delivers First Baby in Medic Unit

Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Delivers First Baby in Medic Unit

On April 23, 2024, Wintergreen Fire & Rescue made history by delivering their first baby, a girl named Magnolia, in Medic Unit 176. The response time from the mother's home to Martha Jefferson Hospital was an impressive 28 minutes.

Lisa Schuetz's water broke at 4:12 p.m. on April 23, and she called 911 a minute later. Wintergreen emergency responders arrived at her home at 4:30 p.m. The crew, including firefighter and EMT Clay Brinker, helped deliver Magnolia in the medic unit. "We were all sitting in the day room when we heard the call go out and read the dispatch notes. Chief [Curtis Sheets] was actually there with us and he predicted it. He said 'you guys are about to deliver a baby,'" Brinker recalled.

Despite some initial nerves, Brinker said he was surprised by how calm he felt once they began transporting Schuetz to the hospital. "I was pretty nervous on the way there but once we actually started in transport, I was surprised how calm I felt," he said. Heath Matysek-Snyder, another member of the delivery crew, noted they were on scene at Schuetz's home for just "two minutes and 20 seconds."

On May 6, the delivery crew, along with Lisa Schuetz, baby Magnolia, and grandma Brenda Schuetz, met up to talk about the birth and share their perspectives. The crew brought gifts, including books and onesies, and Lisa Schuetz made them homemade bagels, deviled eggs, and banana bread as a thank you. "I can't thank you guys enough, seriously. Thank goodness you guys knew what you were doing," she told them.

This rare event is a testament to the skills and quick thinking of the Wintergreen Fire & Rescue team. Both the crew and Lisa Schuetz are grateful for the successful delivery, and baby Magnolia will have this special story to cherish for her whole life.

Key Takeaways

  • Wintergreen Fire & Rescue delivered their 1st baby, Magnolia, on April 23, 2024.
  • Response time from home to hospital was 28 minutes.
  • Mother Lisa Schuetz's water broke at 4:12 p.m. and baby was delivered in Medic Unit 176.
  • Crew, including firefighter Clay Brinker, helped deliver Magnolia.
  • Delivery crew met with Lisa and baby Magnolia on May 6 to share perspectives.