A fresh-faced firefighter from Yonkers, New York, has been praised for delivering a baby on his first-ever call out.
Michael Iacovello had just joined up with Yonkers’ Engine Co. 303 when he was called out to a women in labor. According to a report at Fox 6, Iacovello quickly realized that the baby “was ready come out” and assisted in safely delivering the child.
“I was really nervous,” Iacovello admitted, noting that “the training just kicked in.”
Iacovello explained how the baby “started crying” immediately after delivery, and that he went on to “cut the umbilical cord.”
The woman, Obadianah Boakye-Aboagye told CNN affiliate WCBS that the labor was hugely unexpected, and thanked the fire service for their speedy response. “All of a sudden, I felt like a weird pain then I realized that the baby is coming,” she recalled. “We decided to make the 911 call.”
The hero first responder later met the little one, who was named “Obadianah” after her mom.
“I’m happy to see him,” Obadianiah said of the firefighter, “and I thank you for everything.”
And for his heroics? Well, Iacovello’s department decided to award him a special cake with the message “It’s a Girl! Congratulations Mike,” emblazoned across the top.
“Awesome! A baby girl’s hero!” one person commented on the post. “Way to Go!!! you will make a great Fireman,” another added.
Quite the first day!