• Newburyport firefighters get stork pin for helping delivering baby boy


    NEWBURYPORT, Mass. - Three members of the Newburyport Fire Department helped deliver a baby Thursday afternoon, Chief Christopher LeClaire announced Friday. 

    Humphrey Matombo, of Haverhill, pulled into fire station two and asked firefighters for help, saying his wife was in labor. 

    Firefighters understood the family wouldn’t make it to the hospital as the baby’s head was already crowning. 

    Firefighters Robert Morse, John Stomboly and Joshua Mesina delivered the baby boy and helped him take 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.

    “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.”

    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.

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