North Haven firefighters help deliver baby boy on highway

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NORTH HAVEN - North Haven Firefighters and paramedics helped a woman deliver a baby early on Easter Sunday morning as she was being rushed to the hospital.

Firefighters along with North Haven and State Police responded to a report of a car stranded on I-91 South by exit 9 around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.baby in north haven

When they arrived, they found the woman in active labor in the back seat.

"She said, you need to pull over right now. I feel like the baby is coming right now," said Darrin Yardley, the father-to-be.

The transporting ambulance was still several minutes away. The responding emergency personnel realized that baby was coming and decided to transport her to Yale-New Haven hospital in their emergency vehicle.

"We're in the back of the ambulance, and it's moving, and it's a rescue unit--hitting pot holes and everything, trying to stay as stable as possible," said North Haven firefighter Mike Pomichter.guys who delivered baby

Just as they passed exit 2, a healthy baby boy was delivered! Darrin Robert Yardley was born at 1:37 a.m. weighing 8 lbs 4 oz.

Little Darrin was born on his due date.

"We pulled the truck over to the site of the road, and at 1:37  in the morning my son was born," said Yardley.

First responders say it was the first time they helped deliver a baby, but everything  went smoothly.

"It was an amazing experience. The training just took over," said Pomichter.

"I was really really nervous," said Richard Filosi, a firefighter and paramedic for North Haven.

"Those guys are awesome. Without them, I don`t know what would have happened," said Yardley.