Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith praised the team effort by Deputy John Kerwick and 9-1-1 Dispatcher Robyn Tricinelli in assisting in the birth of a baby girl in a motor vehicle on Wednesday, June 5th.
Dispatcher Tricinelli of Putnam County’s 9-1-1 Center was on duty when she received a call from a woman who advised her that her son and daughter-in-law were traveling on I-84 in Southeast enroute to Putnam Hospital Center because the woman occupant was in labor.
Dispatcher Tricinelli called the couple’s cell phone and assessed the situation. After hearing that the woman was having contractions, and the her husband seeing the infant’s head, the dispatcher told the father to pull the car over onto the shoulder of roadway. She remained on the telephone with the couple while emergency responders were dispatched to the scene.
Hearing the 9-1-1 dispatch, Deputies Edward Kennedy, John Kerwick and Christopher Irwin were nearby and arrived at the scene moments later. The observed the woman in the final stages of labor and saw the baby’s head, commonly known as, “crowning. ” Deputy Kerwick, a New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, entered the vehicle and assisted in the delivery of the newborn. While tending to the mother and infant, members of the Brewster Fire Department Ambulance and TransCare Paramedics arrived at the scene. They handed Deputy Kerwick an emergency obstetrics kit which he used to clamp and cut the umbilical cord and suction the child’s nose and mouth. He then was given a clean shirt from his patrol car and wrapped the infant in it.
Once the infant was delivered, she and her mother were transported by ambulance to Putnam Hospital Center. The father of the newborn and her new big sister followed the ambulance to the hospital in their private vehicle.
The infant, named “Francesca” and her mother are reportedly healthy and resting comfortably.
Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Robert Lipton and Sheriff Donald B. Smith praised both the deputy and dispatcher for their meritorious actions.
Deputy Commissioner Lipton congratulated Dispatcher Tricinelli saying, “she did a great job by keeping the father as calm as possible while giving instructions to both mom and dad that resulted in a healthy delivery. “
Sheriff Smith cited that the delivery of a healthy child and the emergency treatment of the mother was indeed another example of a great team working together. “We are blessed to have dedicated and well-trained emergency responders who work seamlessly to render emergency services to those in need, ” said Sheriff Smith. “This is the latest example of all emergency service providers working together making our county a great place to live, work and raise a family, ” concluded the Sheriff.