Talk about a speedy delivery. A Tri-State woman gives birth in her truck at a Henderson gas station. Both mother and baby are doing well thanks to a little help along the way. The mother says it's like something you see in the movies, but says this was not a movie, and her baby was coming ready or not. Thanks to the guys in red at the Henderson Fire Department, she says her story has a happy ending.
"They are getting worse, and worse, and worse. They are two minutes apart, thirty to forty seconds each. I called my mom to get me, and I said, i've got to go to the hospital." Little did she know, Kerrie Girten, would never quite make it to the hospital to deliver her baby boy. "I said mom, I can't wait. She got out of the truck, came around to my side of the truck to help me out, and the baby was already in my hands, and I had him," says Girten.
Girten and her mother tried to drive from Morganfield, to Methodist Hospital in Henderson Saturday morning, but her bundle of joy decided to arrive early. He came six weeks early. "Labor lasted maybe an hour and fifteen minutes from water break to baby," says Girten. No doctor, no delivery room, no tubes or needles, just the Kangaroo gas station. In the wrong place at the right time, Girten says relief came when she saw the guys in red. "The fire department, they reassured me. They made me feel so good. I would have freaked out if it weren't for them," says Girten. "As far as I know, it's very, very, rare. I'm not aware of it even happening before," says Engineer Brett Jones with the Henderson Fire Department. Jones says it's a day his shift will remember. "At the fire station, we deal with so many bad things everyday like fires, car wrecks, and medical calls when people are extremely ill. It was really nice to be involved in something so positive and so rewarding as that," says Jones. "I don't' know who you are mister fireman who showed up and helped me, but you were great. I want to thank you very much," says Girten.
Chances are, little baby Kennedy would say thank you, too. Kerrie didn't make it to the hospital in time, but thanks to the guys at fire station four, she didn't have to. "The feeling that you want to do it again. No, I wouldn't' have it any other way. "Baby Kennedy's father arrived shortly after the delivery, as for what the baby will grow up to be his mom says, a fireman of course.