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May 16, 2005
Toronto Fire Fighters deliver baby
Last night, at 9:43 p.m., Toronto Fire Services were called to a St. Clair
Avenue West address with a report of an imminent childbirth. A full-term,
pregnant woman’s water had broken and her contractions were very rapid. Pumper
343 responded from the Fire Station at 65 Hendrick Ave.

Upon arrival, the crews were informed that the woman was upstairs, and the baby’
s head was showing. Toronto Fire Fighter Robert Steele helped the mother
deliver the newborn, while Fire Fighter Bruce Dawson comforted the mother and
clamped the umbilical cord. Captain Petro Tataryn of Pumper 343 maintained
contact with the EMS call-taker/dispatcher, who helped coach the fire crew
through the delivery.

Both the mother and the newborn baby girl are doing fine.

In a job that witnesses tragic situations, it is especially gratifying when the
members of Toronto Fire Services are able to use their skills in life-affirming

Fire Captain Tataryn and Fire Fighters Steele and Dawson have been nominated
for a Toronto Fire Services’ Stork Award.

Media contact:

Captain David Sheen
Public Information Officer
Toronto Fire Services
416-578-4316 (cell)
416-468-9978 (pager)



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