Mom delivers baby on way to hospital


HARTINGTON — A Cedar County dispatcher had no idea he would be assisting with the delivery of a baby when he answered a 911 call here Monday evening.

Dispatcher Benjamin Gall, Randolph, took a 911 call at 6:37 p.m. — a baby was about to be born in a car just north of the Hwy 81/84 junction.

The parents, Scott and Melissa Doerr, rural Wausa, were on their way to the hospital in Yankton, S.D. They were approximately 20 miles from the hospital when they stopped the car.

Gall assisted the father with instructions on the delivery, while dispatching an officer and EMTs to the scene.

Deputy Travis Howell, who was in the Hartington area, was sent to the scene, although the baby was born before he arrived. The Crofton Police Department also responded to the call.

“The baby’s head was crowning when the call came in. It all happened very fast,” Gall said. “I walked him through step by step on the delivery. The wife is an R.N. — she knew what to do.”

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