A home delivery with a surprising helping hand

Posted: 10/07/12 at 7:05 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/08/12 at 1:24 pm EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (WHDH) -- A mother went in to labor without warning and was very surprised to find the first responder was her own relative.

“I still can’t believe that it happened. I called my doctor. She told me to call 911 so we put the call in and the firefighters came,” said mom, Jessica Doucette.

Jessica had no idea her husband's uncle would be the first to walk into the home. Kevin Flaherty, a Woburn firefighter, just so happened to be the first to respond to Jessica’s 911 call.

“My mother-in-law ran downstairs and was yelling ‘Kevin, Kevin hurry up!’ I’m like, ‘oh God, it’s Uncle Kevin!’” said Jessica.

“We ran in and did what we had to do. On a level it went pretty good, between one to ten it was nine and a half,” said Flaherty.

Within moments, Flaherty helped Jessica deliver a healthy little boy named Kevin Doucette.

“Kevin was going to be the middle name after my brother, but then we decided it was a sign that he needed to be named Kevin, the first name, because of his uncle being such a big part,” said Jessica.

“It’s a nice little retirement present for me on the way out. I thought I was just going to ride off into the sunset nice and quietly, but it didn’t happen so- and it’s great,” said Flaherty.

Flaherty is retiring in four months after 30 years of working as a firefighter. This was his first and most likely, only home delivery.

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