MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Morris Township Police and Atlantic Ambulance EMTs responded to an unusual call on Jan. 5. Resident Emily Lipnick was in labor and very close to delivery. Although this type of call is not something most policemen are prepared for, Patrolman Carmen Piccola and Paramedic Susan Steuber were able to take action and begin assisting in the delivery.
However, they quickly learned this would not be a routine delivery. As baby Paige was being delivered, they noticed the umbilical cord was around her neck. Fortunately, they were able to remove the cord and safely transport mother and baby to the hospital.
Both first responders were honored by Police Chief John McGuinness at the regular mayor and council meeting on January 18.
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“Child birth at home is not a common medical emergency that we respond to on a regular basis,” he said. “But the emergency response system here in Morris Township once again demonstrated to the citizens of our community what is expected of us.”
Chief McGuinness also commended father Joshua Lipnick for making the decision to call an ambulance instead of attempting to drive his wife to the hospital.
Patrolman Piccola explained to McGuinness after this call that he would not have been able to assist on this call had he not witnesses the birth of both of his children. As he helped deliver baby Paige, he said many of the same instincts kicked in that were present when his children were born which helped him know what to do.
Piccola and Steuber were awarded the Honorable Service Award by the police department.
Councilwoman Louise Johnson also congratulated the Lipnick family as well as Piccola and Steuber.
“Following this call I saw a picture of Officer Piccola holding baby Paige in the paper and he couldn’t look more proud,” she said.
After the ceremony, the Lipnick family posed for photos with Piccola and Steuber and reported that baby Paige is doing well and they are very thankful for the first responders who assisted in her delivery.