LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) — Recently, a newborn baby from Leeds had quite the entrance into the world.
Casey Tice delivered her second child, Cason Michael, at the Leeds Fire Department around 6:30 a.m. July 18. She had planned to have her baby at the hospital, but Casey didn’t exactly make it the hospital, not even out of the car.
At around 6 a.m., Joshua Rossetti, a paramedic with Leeds Fire & Rescue heard someone banging on the front door of the fire station. It was Casey’s grandma begging them to help her granddaughter who was in labor.
“I was the only one out there and I thought ‘Oh Lord, I need to get some help,'” Rossetti said. “I started going in the station screaming and waking everyone up.”
By the time the paramedics and firefighters ran down, Casey was ready to push.
“My water broke at 5:30 and he was born at 6:30. We were on the way to the hospital then turned around as my grandmother said Leeds fire can get you to the hospital faster,” Tice said.
Sitting in her grandmother’s Lexus in the front of the fire station, four firefighters helped bring Cason Michael into the world, a very rare experience for a firefighter.
“I said ‘Hey, we’re going to have a baby today. I was excited. One of those hoo-rah moments,” said Kyle Shell, a captain with Leeds Fire & Rescue.
“I had never been the one at the base down there and said push. She did great. Made it easy on us,” firefighter Chase Armstrong said.
Rossetti got to experience all of this for the first time and cut the umbilical cord.
“We went through it in school and we did some training evolution but nothing is like the real thing,” he said.
Cason Michael came out weighing 5 pounds and 14 oz, arriving a few weeks early, but healthy.
“There was no way my grandmother and I could have done it down the road,” Tice said.
“It was awesome to be a part of it like that and be a big part of it. To know he was healthy when he came out, that was a big relief,” Armstrong said.
The baby was a nice change from the department’s usual emergencies.
“We run calls all the time where people are at their worst moments. People that overdose or have car accidents, all these bad things, but it’s a great experience to be a part of something where you can assist in bringing a life into this world versus watching one leave it,” Rossetti said.
One day, Cason Michael will find out about his grand entrance and the men that helped bring him into the world will be waiting.
“I want him to be a fireman when he grows up,” Tice said.
“He’ll always have four uncles. He’s welcome here anytime,” Shell said.