Police: Baby born on steps of Lawtey City Hall

BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- A couple of parents will have some story to tell their son when he gets older.

The latest addition to the small town of less than 1000 residents was born on the steps of City Hall Friday. And the story of his birth is pretty amazing, told by the Lawtey Police Department and posted on its Facebook page.

It started when Lawtey Police Captain Nathan Blom pulled up to City Hall just before 8 p.m. He found a woman lying on the steps with her husband next to her.

Per Lawtey PD Facebook page: Her husband asked if he was a police officer and he said yes, the husband said good, my wife is going into labor. What does Captain Blom know about delivering babies, his forte is writing tickets.

Blom rushed to the First Department for help, but no one was there. They were all on-call.

Then a hero arrived at the steps to help the mother -- Volunteer firefighter and certified EMT Barron Warner, 25, of Lawtey.

Lawtey told First Coast News he was at home, dinner still cooking, when he got the page. Someone was going into labor on the steps of City Hall.

"And I'm like, that's right across from my house!" Warner said. "I'm like, alright!"

Warner showed up, put on his gloves just when the husband yelled, "The baby is here!" according to the Facebook post.

Warner said his training snapped him into quick action.

Then things got interesting really fast: The baby had it's umbilical cord wrapped around it's neck and Barron reverts back to his training and all of a sudden the baby is crying, as well as Captain Blom.

"The first step is babies don't hold their warmth. So, I was like I need a towel, to dry him off. Making sure that he was crying," Warner said.

Warner said this was his first time delivering a baby. Warner said he got to hold the child for just a few minutes.

"Just those few minutes of holding him. I was just like, you know, I don't have any kids," he said as he remembered the eventful evening. "So, one day, I want to be in this position to be able to hold my own baby. It was just a joy."

Warner said the couple was passing through Lawtey, possibly on the way to Jacksonville to visit friends or family. Warner said he doesn't know the mother, father or baby's name. He is not sure which Jacksonville hospital they're in. Warner said he hopes to see them again.

"I don't know 'em," he said. "I hope that little boy brings them as much joy for the rest of their lives as it did me in those few moments."

A few moments Warner will remember forever.

"It won't top my own kids birth," he said with a big smile "But it's going to be right there whenever I finally do have kids. It's one of the greatest moments."

As for the Facebook post, it ends fittingly:

Great day in Lawtey!!!


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