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Firefighters deliver twins in Citrus County

Posted: 9:14 AM, Dec 31, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 23:27:54Z
They're not New Year’s Day babies, but they will definitely have quite a story to tell one day.
 
In Citrus County, firefighters deliver set of premature twins overnight, Chloe and Caleb.
 
Firefighters from Engine 14 were dispatched to the home around 12:40 a.m.
 
When they arrived, they found a mother in labor in the bathroom.
 
"I saw the head, and told my partner, they baby is coming," recalled John Raymond, a firefighter.
 
Within five minutes, the firefighters helped deliver a baby girl.
 
"She was very quiet, she sat in my lap, I had her swaddled," said Lt. Keith Rigalo, with Citrus County Fire Rescue.
 
The crew cut the umbilical cord and then got quite a surprise.
 
"Then she said, 'Oh I am supposed to have twins,' and you go, Oh! OK!" Rigalo said while chuckling.
 
She was quickly taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.  But on the way, she delivered a baby boy.
 
"H was a little fussy but that's boys, it is to be expected," Rigalo said.
 
The babies weren't due until March.
 
"She delivered twins without the first touch of medicine and there is something to be said for that," said Shane Coleman, a paramedic with Nature Coast EMS who cut both umbilical cords.
 
Not one of the emergency crew nor firefighters had ever delivered a baby before. 
 
"I heard the cry of the second baby and immediately it was a sigh of relief because you knew everything was OK," said Carlos Santos, who was driving the ambulance.
 
Hospital staff told firefighters that mom and babies were doing OK.
 
"You are seeing the miracle of birth happening and that makes you excited and makes you realize why you got into this job," explained Ray Valdiva, an operations manager for Nature Coast EMS.
 
Baby Chloe weighed 2 lbs. 12.5 oz and Baby Caleb weighed 2 lbs. 12 oz.