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Erie 911 Call Takers Help Safely Deliver Two Babies

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Two Erie county 911 call takers are honored Thursday.
Last month, during two separate emergency calls, they helped deliver healthy babies.

Many 911 operators will go their entire careers without getting an emergency call of a baby being born, and then actually help deliver the baby.
But last month, two Erie call takers did just that.

Paige Butcher entered the world on August 27th, around 3:00 in the morning.
Her mother Lisa went into labor at home.
And her dad Travis called 911 when things seemed to be happening a bit quicker than expected.

Heather Pasewicz was the 911 call taker on the other end of the phone.
She remained cool, calm and collected, and she walked Travis through delivering his baby girl.

Less than a week prior, 911 operator Jackie Polka got a similar 911 call.
There were some especially tense moments when the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck.
But, using her training she also helped deliver a healthy baby boy.

Thursday, County Executive Barry Grossman and Public Safety Director Todd Geers, recognized the call takers for their work.

"I knew what I had to do with the training I was given and it came through and everything went well," said Polka.

"She (Pasewicz) was going through the steps before they happened, so that was reassuring you can tell she knew what she was talking about," said Travis Butcher.

"Just hearing their excitement in their voice whenever they hear their baby girl's first cry it's definitely probably the most rewarding thing I've ever heard," said Pasewicz.

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