January 26th isn’t that exciting a day for most of us — just a normal, boring day this year. But for firefighters in Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, it’s become a day to remember for two years in a row. In both 2009 and 2010, firefighters delivered babies on Jan. 26.
This year, firefighters received a 911 call at 3:53 in the morning that Vanessa Martinez was in active labor. Upon reporting to the scene a short time later, they found that there wasn’t going to be any time to get her to the hospital, so they delivered the baby right there in a bedroom. The little boy, Damian Martinez Jr., “let out a loud cry right away to let us know he was here,” one firefighter said.
Both mother and baby are doing fine. Coincidentally, last year Westminister firefighters (who are all certified as emergency medical techninians) handled Cassandra Garcia’s delivery of her son, Daniel Hurtado, in an ambulance on the highway. I’m guessing anyone who ends up with a due date on or around Jan. 26th next year will be getting to the hospital really early.