A rookie New Haven firefighter will never forget his first day on the job after helping deliver a baby on his first shift earlier this week.
Jack Erickson is a probationary firefighter for Engine 15 in New Haven. Just one day after graduating from the Fire Academy, he was working his first shift when a call came in Wednesday evening for a woman about to give birth.
"We kind of said that on the way joking. We didn't really think we'd be delivering the baby,” Erickson said. “Never did that before, so it was a really cool experience."
"We're excited about it, first day on the job, ten minutes into the shift, he gets a call for maternity, finds short order he'll be delivering a baby,” New Haven Fire Asst. Chief Matthew Marcarelli said.
Engine 15 took off from its fire house on Fountain Street, raced to a nearby neighborhood, and was first on scene.
As for keeping his cool, Erickson, who served five years in the marines and is a father himself, just followed the training her learned at the academy. After all he just graduated the day before.
"I was just trying to do what I was told, follow my Lieutenant, follow the guys that have been around a long time,” Erickson said.
Paramedic Angel Aviles, who is an 18 year veteran with the New Haven Fire Department, was in on the delivery too.
"I'm kind of the old guy now, this is my eighth one,” Aviles said. “It’s pretty exciting, moments like this that make the job well worth it."
While one family is celebrating its new addition, one of the newest additions to the fire department is already getting teased with a new nickname.
"Ah, they're calling me Doctor, so, haha,” Erickson said.
As for that special delivery, firefighters told Eyewitness News, at last report, mom and baby girl are doing well.
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