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Dispatcher teams with dad for an eventful birth

May 3, 2011

PLYMOUTH — There is one more happy ending in Marshall County thanks to the quick actions of a Marshall County 9-1-1 Dispatcher and a very scared but level-headed new dad.
Two weeks ago at 5:19 a.m. John Rowe called 9-1-1 from his truck saying that he was on the way to the hospital for the birth of his son. He didn’t think mom Alicia was going to wait for the delivery room. Dispatcher Jill Middaugh — a 16 year veteran of Marshall County 9-1-1 — was able to convince John to pull off to the side of the road and deliver the baby himself.
Like a scene from a movie, Middaugh then talked John through the process of giving birth to his son. He admits that he “…almost lost it a couple of times…” but in the end, John and Alicia had a healthy son — John Jr. born in the front seat of the couple’s truck.
Middaugh helped John with special instructions for keeping the baby warm until police and ambulance personnel could arrive on the scene. The temperature that morning was just 38 degrees.
Middaugh was given a special citation by Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin and Matt Pitney who oversees Marshall County’s 9-1-1 during the meeting of the Marshall County Commissioners Monday. Maybe even more importantly, Middaugh also got the opportunity to meet John Jr. for the first time.
“We are wonderfully proud of her,” said Chamberlin of Middaugh. “It was an outstanding performance.”

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