Blizzard baby: Salem firefighters called to home birth during nor'easter

CARL RUSSO/Staff file photoA Salem ambulance travels on a snowy roadway in January. First responders battled similar conditions Tuesday when they were called to Porcupine Circle for a home delivery.

SALEM, N.H. — Firefighters raced to Porcupine Circle in the midst of a nor'easter Tuesday after receiving a call that a woman was giving birth at home.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Best could not provide the woman's name, but said she delivered a healthy baby boy about 4:30 p.m.

"While we were responding, we got a 911 update that the baby was delivered," Best said.

By evening, the still-raging storm had dumped more than a foot of snow across Southern New Hampshire, making travel treacherous. But it didn't affect the firefighters' response time.

It took about eight minutes to arrive, Best said, which is typical for that section of town. 

"It's an unusual event, delivering a baby," Best said. "And to do it in a blizzard is even more rare."

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