At a recent City Council meeting, Hazelwood Fire Chief Dave Radel, with assistance from Mayor Matthew Robinson, presented the “Chief’s Award” to two of his firefighter/paramedics. Both Amanda Boyer and Kevin Marshall were recognized and honored for actions that exemplify the ideals of the Hazelwood Emergency Services.
At 12:20 a.m. on February 4, firefighter/paramedics assigned to fire truck 4115 and ambulance 4117 of the Hazelwood Fire Department responded to an Emergency 911 call about a pregnant women in need of assistance on westbound I-270 near the North Lindbergh Boulevard overpass. While en route to the scene, Hazelwood police officers advised them it was an imminent delivery.
Upon arrival at the scene, the firefighter/paramedics were greeted by the woman’s husband who exclaimed, “The baby is coming!” One of them, Amanda Boyer, calmed the pregnant woman and assessed her medical needs. Boyer found the woman to be in good health and good spirits, even though she was about to give birth along the highway.
Boyer delivered the baby girl with minimal complications. Her ambulance partner, Kevin Marshall, notified the hospital and took care of the mother while Boyer stayed with the newborn. Fire Capt. Michael Eisenbais recorded the time of birth and coordinated the efforts of his crew members in setting up and deploying equipment, as well as preparing the ambulance for transport with two patients. Also, Hazelwood police officers were on hand to guide traffic around the scene and to monitor everyone’s safety that evening in freezing cold weather.
The mom and baby girl were transported to the hospital by a Hazelwood ambulance and found to be in good health upon their arrival. While celebrating with the new parents afterwards, there was a “tongue-in-cheek” discussion about giving the baby girl a middle name of “Hazel” since she was born in the City of Hazelwood. However, the department hasn’t received any confirmation that this was carried out.
The next day, Chief Radel had an opportunity to chat with Boyer about her experience of delivering a baby. She said, “It was unbelievable, a once in a lifetime experience. I had it on my bucket list of things to do during my life.” According to Chief Radel, “Bearing in mind the kinds of mayhem and disasters that our first responders encounter on a regular basis, I’m very thankful that Amanda and Kevin had the opportunity to help this mother bring a healthy baby into the world.”