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Chapel Hill fire captain pulls over car, delivers own daughter

Posted October 9, 2014

— Relying on 15 years of experience as an emergency medical technician, Chapel Hill fire captain David Sasser delivered his own daughter Monday on Columbia Street, town officials said.

Sasser and his wife, Vanessa, were on their way to the Women's Birth and Wellness Center, at 930 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., when Vanessa felt the need to push.

Sasser pulled his car over between The Carolina Inn and Sitterson Hall and delivered his daughter, Kayleigh, in her full bag of fluid.

Sasser called 911 for assistance, broke the bag of fluid and began wiping down his daughter. Emergency crews from Sasser's fire house responded to the call and assisted in getting Kayleigh and Vanessa to the hospital.

Sasser said his training kicked in the moment he pulled his car over.

"This is what we do every day, and we do it in a professional manner," Sasser said in a statement.

Kayleigh Ruth Sasser weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and she was 19 and three-quarters inches long.


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  • liskm Oct 9, 2014

    Clearly Dad knew what was best thing to do for the moment!
    Congrats and best to all!

  • Hippy_mom Oct 9, 2014

    What a sweet story! Congratulations, Captain and family!

  • luvtoshag Oct 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday Kayleigh! What a wonderful story.

  • mjkmj Oct 9, 2014

    Congratulations, Captain! What a feeling of pride that you must be feeling today. A new dad and a hero!

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  • Kristin Byrne Oct 9, 2014
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    Your point?

    She was trying to get to where she was scheduled to give birth, which wasn't at UNC.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Oct 9, 2014

    Wow, what a story to pass down through the generations! Congratulations to the Sasser family!

  • Amy Kunkle Oct 9, 2014
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    Love heartfelt stories like this! Congrats to the Sasser family :-)

  • Dana McCall Oct 9, 2014
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    Nice job!

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 9, 2014

    Way to go dad (and mom!) and welcome to the world little Kayleigh!