Newark police officers, firefighters help mother deliver Thanksgiving day baby girl

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NEWARK, N.J. — A mother in New Jersey has another reason to be thankful today: firefighters and police officers were on hand to help her out when she went into labor in her Newark apartment Thursday morning.

Police officers and firefighters successfully delivered the baby girl in a Hunterdon Street apartment around 7:30 a.m., Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said.

“The training our officers and firefighters receive not only saves lives, but in this instance, it helped them bring a new life into this world,” Ambrose said. “This was the result of collaborative efforts and extensive training. This has to be a very special gift for the parents, having a baby delivered on a day dedicated to thanks.”

The mother and her newborn were taken to a hospital, Ambrose said. Both are doing fine.

“On this Thanksgiving Day all Newark gives thanks for our police and fire for all that they do for us throughout the year and especially today for helping bring this Thanksgiving baby into the world,” said Mayor Ras Baraka.