June 18 will be a day that members of the Central Coventry Fire Department will remember forever.
It was the day they helped deliver a healthy baby boy in the back of their rescue.
“Something like this was exciting,” Coventry Fire Lt. Ken Marcotte said. “It’s not something you get to do every day.”
Marcotte said it started like any other call.
“The call came in for a female in labor,” Marcotte said. “You’re always thinking on the way, what could it be? What are we going to do? I always try to stay one step ahead just in case.”
When they arrived, the mother-to-be was in her bathtub and told firefighters this was her fourth child.
Marcotte said it was clear she knew what she was doing.
“I asked her, ‘you can deliver in the tub or we can take you to the hospital,’ and she wanted to get out of the house,” he recalled.
But the baby had other plans.