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Chapel Hill fire captain pulls over car, delivers own daughter

Posted October 9, 2014 11:14 a.m. EDT

— 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.