Connecticut firefighter delivers baby on 1st overnight shift

In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, photo provided by the Guilford Fire Department, Guilford Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Ashley Vargoshe poses for a photo in Guilford, Conn. The New Haven Register reports that Vargoshe, who was on her first overnight shift, delivered a baby boy in the early hours of Monday, July 27, 2020.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut firefighter on her first overnight shift delivered a baby at the home of a family who called for emergency assistance.

A team from the Guilford Fire Department responded to a call around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, and firefighter and paramedic Ashley Vargoshe, 28, handled the delivery of the baby boy, the New Haven Register reported.

The newspaper could not reach the baby's parents for comment.

Vargoshe of Madison, Connecticut, started with the Guilford Fire Department in July, the department said on its website. She is a licensed paramedic and told the newspaper she was working her first 24 hour shift since starting with the department.

“There’s been a lot of sick people around, so it was kinda nice to do a job that was a joyful experience instead of our usual 911 emergencies,” Vargoshe said.

Vargoshe is the second woman to work at the Guilford Fire Department since it became a full-time force in 2002, Capt. Brian Manware told the newspaper.

“We like to look at these as one of the positive calls that we get to go to,” Manware said. “This was one of those good times.”

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