Five Miraculous Minutes from an Emergency to a Very Special Delivery

January 2, 2015

by Len Lathrop

What could be any nicer than to have a perfect emergency medical service call the week before the holiday?

Without an answer to that question, meet Connor Michael Scanzani, Hudson’s newest resident as of Dec. 16, 2014, and someone who in a few years might be telling folks how he was born on the kitchen floor and delivered by a 20-year-old probationary firefighter, Brian Patterson, who joined the department this summer.

The Lenny Smith Central Station crew was toned to the Scanzani home at 5:23 a.m. arriving at 5:25 a.m. with little Connor arriving at 5:28 a.m.  Also on scene at the same time as Connor was an ambulance crew from the Burns Hill Station.  Captain Dave Morin explained, “With all childbirth calls two ambulances are sent to the scene as the mother and the baby are considered two patients, so if there’s any complications, we have two ambulances there to treat both of them.”

Rachel Scanzani, Connor’s mom, is a social studies teacher at Hudson Memorial School with dad, Shawn, and big brother, Jake, were at the fire station Saturday to thank the firefighters for beginning there so quickly and taking control of the situation.  Rachel was due on Friday the 12th, but the hospital did not feel it was time.

“They were there less than five minutes when I had him,” Rachel said.

“It was incredible.  There’s no way to keep yourself calm when you’re going through all that.  And everything happens so fast and so quickly,” she continued.  “There’s so much going on, so to have people there who know what they’re doing is huge and very relieving.”

Despite the extreme circumstances, the HMS teacher had the presence of mind to ask the 20-year-old firefighter if he had been one of her students.  He told her not to worry that he was from Dracut, and so that was one awkward scenario averted.  Later, the senior crew members joked that Brian could come over to babysit if the Scanzani family ever needed him.

Captain Morin spoke of how rewarding it is to see a new life come into the world, he did continue, “Every day we go on a call it is somebody’s worst day, mostly critical situations and many times working under the worst set of circumstances.”

“We wanted to say thank you.  These guys, they deal with everybody’s worst day.  Ninety percent of the time it’s somebody’s worst day, and this was a good thing and I wanted to share it with them,” Shawn Scanzani said.

Rachel added, “I know that, as a town employee, we get beat up by the public sometimes because people only see different pieces of what we do, and they see the negatives and they see the bad.  I want people to know that these guys do great things every day whether they know it or not,”

Big brother Jake, who slept through the birth, was very excited with all the trucks and equipment in the station and seemed to bond with Patterson and had questions about the breathing equipment and sat in the trucks.

Morin mentioned that this was only the second birth he had assisted in during his 30 years as a firefighter.  Firefighter Al Winsor believed the last baby delivered by a Hudson crew was a year and a half to two years ago.

Patterson, whose dad is the deputy chief in Dracut, Mass., comes from a fire service family; he will earn a blue stork pin for his uniform.  And a blue stork sticker will be placed on the ambulance to denote that the crew delivered a baby boy.