Grantham's newest resident

Apr 16, 2016 2:17 PM

State trooper and firefighter deliver healthy baby girl in Grantham

GRANTHAM - Grantham's newest and youngest resident surprised her mother, a state trooper and a local firefighter when she arrived before mom could get to the hospital.

But the story ends well. Volunteer firefighter Jeremy LaBombard and state Trooper Michael McLaughlin did what needed to be done, and the baby was safely delivered at home on Friday.

State police said the local dispatch center in Newport got a 911 call from soon-to-be mother Joana Murad, who said she'd gone into labor. She wasn't kidding and when the two men arrived, they realized baby wasn't going to wait until she got to the hospital.

At 5:40 p.m., the infant was born and father Rodwell Mabaera arrived home just in time to cut the umbilical cord.

Emergency medical providers from the Grantham FAST squad and the Lebanon Fire Department arrived just after the delivery, and the family was taken to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, police said.

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