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Edgewood First Responders Hailed Heroes For Helping Mom Safely Deliver Her Baby

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- It became clear an expectant mother in Edgewood wasn't going to make it to the hospital to give birth.

Fortunately, the fire department has something called the Quick Response Service.

They're specially trained because many times they arrive before paramedics, and that was the case one afternoon in early June.

Mindy Kozminski says she and her husband Craig were very relieved when the firefighters showed up.

Edgewood firefighters Lt. Paul Nye, Chief Steven Halle and Lamont Payne had gotten word by the time they arrived that paramedics weren't there yet.

"It was extremely scary," said Kozminski.

She asked Lt. Nye if she should push, and Nye said there was no reason to wait.

She gave birth to Rilyn on the living room floor.

Lt. Nye admits to being a little nervous about it.

"I think it went very smoothly," said Chief Halle.

Monday night, the three men got to see and hold the little girl for the first time since they delivered the baby.

They, along with paramedic Joseph Montgomery and Edgewood Police Office Christopher Lewandowski, were given awards before Edgewood Council by Eastern Area Prehospital Services and UPMC Prehospital Care.

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