Friday, October 14, 2011
GIFT OF LIFE
Springfield, Ohio's paramedic units debuted at Fire Stations No. 1 and No. 8 in 1976.
The new service - funded by money raised by "Smilin' Bob" of WBLY radio - often provided the gift of life, as documented the Dayton Daily News reported in late 1979 or early 1980:
SPRINGFIELD - A baby girl was born by Caesarean section after her lifeless mother was rushed to Community Hospital here early today. Springfield paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital, according to Fire Chief Frank Trempe. He said it is believed the woman choked to her death in her sleep. The baby is in guarded condition in Community's intensive care unit and a spokesman said the infant would be moved to a pediatrics hospital when her condition stabilizes.
The fire division's efforts to resuscitate the mother no doubt kept the baby alive long enough in the womb for doctors to make the emergency delivery. It was a remarkable feat.