Merrimack mom and baby are healthy after emergency workers perform at-home delivery

One baby in Merrimack wanted to make darn sure she was here in time for Christmas – eager enough she didn’t let mom and dad get to the hospital.

Merrimack firefighters were called around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, to a home on Springfield Circle for a report of a woman in labor. The father-to-be met them at the door and said that the mother was already in labor, according to firefighters.

Just 15 minutes after the initial call, paramedic John Chisholm, Lt. Shawn Farrell and firefighters Jeremy Penerian and Keith Hines helped deliver a healthy baby girl.

The baby and her parents were brought to Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Mom and baby were doing well as of Friday afternoon, according to Merrimack Fire Capt. John Manuele.

“It’s just an example of the good and the bad,” Manuele said. “This is what we deal with. You go from the good calls to the bad calls, and typically the good calls are few and far between, unfortunately.”

– JOSEPH G. COTE