Not An Ordinary Day: First Responders Help Mother Deliver Baby at Gas Station


An ordinary day, quickly turned into a day that a mother, a child and a couple of men will never forget. Local first responders stepped in to help deliver a baby on the side of the road. 

“March 30th 2019, 2:42 A.M., the delivery of the baby. I’ll always remember it,” said Austin Pugh, Walton County Fire Rescue, District Chief.

“Walton County 911. What’s the address of the emergency,” asked the communications operator.

“I am actually on 331 south, heading toward Freeport,” the lady on the other end of the line told the operator. “My daughter is in labor. She is 9 months, or 37 weeks pregnant…”

“You read about people having their babies but, you never think that you’re going to be the one, to not make it to the hospital,” said Brittany Holmes, Hagan’s Mother.

Brittany Holmes was only a few days shy of her due date and had already been to the hospital earlier that day. She was sent home and told it was a false alarm but, it wasn’t.

“I knew he as coming. I didn’t think it would be that fast,” explained Holmes. 

“The mother was actively delivering when we arrived on scene,” Chief Pugh recalled.

With only minutes to spare, Holmes met first responders at this Exxon in Freeport, where she successfully delivered her baby boy.

“I have three girls and this is the little boy,” Holmes said with laughter. She told News 13 that, she and her husband had wanted a boy from the start. “That’s why he had to come out with a bang.” 

Hagan Holmes was transported to a local hospital and now, is in great health.

Chief Puph told us, Hagan will always hold a special place in his heart.    “My dads nickname is Hagan. I found out enroute to the hospital, that the baby’s name was Hagan. So, it came full cycle” 

The Chief sends this message to the new mom,”Good job! It was an eye opening experience to us.” 

And, to everyone who had a hand in delivering Hagan, “Just thank you for the paramedics and the chief and my mom,” Holmes said with relief.

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