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Special delivery for Madison firefighters


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison firefighters got a call for a rare and happy emergency Wednesday morning.

There wasn't enough time to get to a hospital, so firefighters delivered a baby for the first time this year.

Normally paramedics would respond to a call like this, but the firefighters said they got lots of calls in a short time Wednesday morning.

It's a moment firefighters train for but don't usually expect to go through.

New mother, Laquesa Miller, is at the hospital now, but she didn't get there as soon as she'd like.

"I was crying because I didn't want to have her at home," Miller said. "I was too scared to have her at home."

Father, Oluremi Coggs, called 911 Wednesday morning at about 11:40 a.m. when he and Miller realized their baby girl was coming fast.

"I know I'm going to see a miracle, but now I have to help this miracle?" Coggs said.

Short of a firefighter and paramedics who were already responding to emergencies, Engine Company 9 rushed to the Madison home on Craig Avenue.

"We started going through our procedures on the way to the call, check our equipment," said Lt. Gordon Berggren with the Madison Fire Department.

"In the back of my head I'm saying, ‘Come on, come on, come on fire engine, choo choo train something, somebody come," Coggs said.

"When I walked through, he was very excited," Berggren said. "He was glad we were there."

"When they came, she came out," Miller said.

At six pounds and seven ounces, Affinity was born with no complications. She is the first baby of the year delivered by Madison firefighters.

It is only the fourth time Berggren has helped deliver a baby in his 24 years as a Madison firefighter.

"A lot of credit goes to the mom. She did most of the work," Berggren said.

Miller said her mom gave birth to two of her children at home too.

"She kept telling me, ‘You better hope you don't have her at home.' I think she jinxed me a little bit," Miller said.

She is spending the night with her new baby girl at St. Mary's Hospital.

She hopes they will go home on Thursday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison firefighters delivered a baby girl Wednesday morning.

Fire officials say Engine Company 9 arrived at a home on Craig Avenue at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. The baby's head was crowning when firefighters arrived. Lt. Gordon Berggren, Apparatus Engineer David Wagner, and Firefighter Dan Madden were there to help deliver the healthy baby girl.

Medic 9 arrived moments later and transported mom and baby to St. Mary's Hospital.

This is the fourth birth and delivery for Berggren in his 24 years as a Madison firefighter.

The members of the fire crew will receive pink stork pins from the Madison Fire Department.

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