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Tazewell County dispatcher helps mom and dad deliver baby boy

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A Tazewell County 911 dispatcher Brian Fox helps parents deliver a baby boy on Thursday. A Tazewell County 911 dispatcher Brian Fox helps parents deliver a baby boy on Thursday.

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WVVA) A 911 Dispatcher coaches a North Tazewell dad-to-be on how to help his wife deliver a baby. 

Dispatcher Brian Fox with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office received the call around 2:50 p.m. Thursday from Daniel McDougle saying his wife Devin was having labor pains. Fox immediately contacted EMTs with the Bluefield, Virginia Rescue Squad, but the crew was 20 minutes away. 

"This is the first delivery over the phone I have been involved in, but I have helped deliver babies in the field as an EMT. I wanted to do all that I could so that the baby would be born healthy and safe. My main concern during the delivery process was to keep everyone calm and pray that the rescue squad arrived in time for the delivery," says Dispatcher Brian Fox.

The baby boy, however, had other plans and decided not to wait. Though premature, he and mom are doing fine. They were taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Dominique Isaiah McDougle is 17 inches long and weighs 4 lbs and 9 ounces.

"This is a true miracle, Dispatcher Fox was able to remain calm and provide much needed instruction to the father and mother during the entire birthing process as they waited for Rescue to arrive," says Sheriff Brian Hieatt.

This is the second delivery made by dispatchers with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office in the past 18 months. Sheriff Hieatt says all dispatchers with the Sheriff's Office are EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatcher) certified. He congratulates the McDougle family on their new addition and Brian Fox for a job well done.

"This is a prime example of why all our of Dispatcher are required to be EMD certified after completing basic Dispatcher training," says Sheriff Hieatt.

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