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Firefighters deliver baby on rescue call after mother unexpectedly goes into labor

GLADEWATER, texas (KETK) - It was a normal day for expecting mother Melissa Atkinson. She was experiencing discomfort and decided to soak in the bath. She began walking down the hallway when the pain worsened. "I was in the hallway down on the ground." says Atkinson 

Her niece, also in the home at the time called Atkinson's sister and 9-1-1. Captain Matthew Green and Trent Sulewski from the Gladewater Fire Department were the first on the scene. Both initially thought Atkinson was only in the beginning stages of labor. 

Sulewski remained with Atkinson while his colleague Green phoned EMS. The firefighters sooned realized the call would turn out to be a first for both of them. 

"I happened to look down and I see the baby's head poking through the mother's pajamas and I told Captain Green it's time, we gotta baby on the way." says Sulewski 

Sulewski immediately grabbed an OB kit from the fire engine and began to deliver Atkinson's child a baby boy. EMS arrived a short time later. 

Katie Rathbun and Chase Rouse arrived shortly after to tranport the mother and newborn to the hospital. "We had already heard from fire that they delivered the baby they didn't tell us anything other than that. when you don't hear anything assume the best." says Rathbun. 

Both Atkinson and her son were fine and were transported to Regional Medical Center in Longview. After remaining there several days for tests and observation they were released to go home.

There Atkinson visited with KETK's Jeremy Jenkins where she tells him she's been trying to get setup. "I didn't plan on having the baby that soon. Baby Ky'sar was due June 22. It came as a shocker to everyone." says Atkinson

Initially frightened she now feels grateful and at ease because of the brave men who helped bring her son into the world safely. 

"I just want to say thank ya'll for responding with such a quick response time and everything for being so helpful making sure me and the baby, baby Ky'sar were able to make it back." says Atkinson

The new mom is currently finishing plans on her baby shower that now includes an additional guest, her newborn son, as well as looking for a new job. 

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