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Sheriff's Office assists with unexpected home birth

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo courtesy of Sheriff's Office
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo courtesy of Sheriff's Office

On November 12 at approximately 1:41 a.m.,  the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a woman was in labor and birth was imminent.

The caller said the baby was not going to wait for the mother to get to the hospital before entering this world.

Darcy Ziller was the Cook County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher on duty and took the call with all the professionalism of a seasoned dispatcher. Simultaneously paging out the ambulance and other first responders, Darcy stayed on the line with the father delivering instructions as the delivery progressed.

At 1:52 a.m., before any medical assistance arrived, Darcy was able to walk the father through the birthing process and the baby was born.

The ambulance arrived at the residence shortly after and at this time, all involved are doing fine.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said, “Thank you, Darcy, for your calm, professionalism, and steadfast commitment to helping people in any situation.”