PATERSON, NJ —While there is no routine emergency call, the response of two Paterson firefighters to a local woman in labor took an unexpected, and frightening, turn in the early hours of Saturday.

According to Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott, Paterson Firefighters were transporting an expectant mother to St. Joseph’s Medical Center when, at approximately 4:11 a.m., their ambulance was “t-boned” which caused it to flip on its side in the intersection of Ward and Main Streets.

Despite being involved in a serious crash, Firefighters Matthews and Panzarella continued to deliver care to the patient, including delivering the baby and cutting the umbilical cord. 

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The mother and baby were transported safely to St Joseph’s, with the firefighters also being treated and released.

“Once again our firefighters stepped up without regard to their own safety and delivered critical emergency care to a resident in need,” McDermott told TAPinto Paterson. “Their quick and selfless action saved two lives.”

The case of the crash remains under investigation.

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