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.
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.
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.