Groton Dispatcher Assists With Baby Delivery

A Groton dispatcher helped deliver a baby after getting a 911 call about a woman who was in labor in a residence in Navy housing.

The 911 call came in at 3:33 a.m. and the dispatcher, Glen Riffe, determined from the person who made the call that childbirth was imminent, so he gave a step-by-step process to prepare for delivery while also covering the necessary steps to ensure that the baby was breathing, according to police.

The baby, a healthy boy, was born at 3:39 a.m., shortly before firefighters, medics and Police Officers Marvel Bennett and Tyler Moreau, arrived.

Members of the Submarine Base Fire Department Engine 62, including Acting Captain Steve Weiss and firefighters Rob O’Brien, Ryan Patton and James Guerrera, treated the mom and baby at the scene and firefighters assisted in clamping the umbilical cord while firefighter Guerrera provided the father instructions on cutting the cord. The mother and child were transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for observation and follow up.

This is the second baby that emergency crews in Groton have assisted in delivering in the recent past.

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