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It's A Boy: EMTs Help Deliver Newborn Baby In Garrison

Baby Jason was born within 17 minutes of emergency personnel arriving to help his mother with the delivery.
Baby Jason was born within 17 minutes of emergency personnel arriving to help his mother with the delivery. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

GARRISON, N.Y. -- Dorothy Jokonya wasn't worried when she felt small pains throughout the day Tuesday, Sept. 6. The mother of two, who was expecting her third child on Sept.. 17, just went about her business moving into her new home.

But around 7:20 p.m. that night, the experienced mom knew what was coming when she felt the familiar feeling of needing to push, which meant her new little one was making his way quickly into the world.

"He was ready to get out and couldn't do so fast enough," Jokonya, 41, said with a laugh.

As her husband, Abraham, called 911, Dorothy's water broke, so the couple began getting ready to bring their new son into the world, maybe on their own.

The couple made the call at 7:21 p.m., and Garrison Volunteer Ambulance Corp personnel quickly made their way to the home, arriving by 7:30 p.m.

Once at the home, EMT Steve Rivera, Captain/EMT Derek Tudor Jr., and EMStar Paramedic Matt Nolan got to work delivering the baby, said Garrison EMT Jeff Ashdown.

"They were wonderful and I was so glad they were there to help," said Jokonya.

The entire process only took 17 minutes, with baby Jason being delivered at 7:47 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and completely healthy.

After the delivery, the new mom and baby were taken to Hudson Valley Hospital to be checked out.

On Saturday, freshly home from a doctor's check, Jokonya said Jason is very healthy and that her other two children would not put him down.

"Now if they would only change diapers," she laughed.

It's also the last baby for the couple: "I"m done. This one was so fast I wouldn't want to think what the next one would do."

As for the paramedics/EMTs, the delivery was just another day on the job. Two had delivered babies in the past and the other one had a new experience to tuck under his belt.

"I can't thank the emergency crew enough, they were so good to us and took great care," Jokonya added.

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