Christopher LeClaire, Fire Chief
3 Greenleaf St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
For Immediate Release
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Newburyport Firefighters Deliver Baby Boy at Fire Station
NEWBURYPORT — Chief Christopher LeClaire reports that three members of the Newburyport Fire Department helped deliver a baby Thursday afternoon at Station 2.
At approximately noon on Jan. 11, a Haverhill man pulled into the parking lot of Station 2, 153 Storey Avenue, honking his car horn.
Humphrey Matombo told firefighters that his wife was in labor in the vehicle and that they were not going to make it to the hospital in time before the baby was born. Firefighters observed that the baby’s head was crowning.
Firefighters Robert Morse, John Stomboly and Joshua Mesina jumped into action and delivered her baby boy, assisting the baby with taking his first breath.
Paramedics Mike Gallant, Bob Piepiora and Keith Gauvreau and EMT Chris Slavit, of Atlantic Ambulance Service, took the mother and her baby boy to Anna Jaques Hospital.
Mother Memory Chihwayi and baby Jayden were doing well in the hospital Friday afternoon and are both healthy. Jayden Matombo was born weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
“This was the first time any of these three firefighters have delivered a baby while on duty at the fire department,” Chief LeClaire said. “This was truly outstanding work by our guys and something I’m sure they will always remember.”