Three of Thomaston's EMS crew were recognized at a ceremony Jan. 22 during the Board of Selectmen's meeting in Watts Hall.

EMS Chief Rusty Barnard, AEMT Salina Wallace and driver Chris Winters were present to receive letters of congratulation and stork pins from Maine EMS.

The three were honored for their professionalism and service in delivering a healthy baby girl in the back of the ambulance during a Jan. 9 call.

After an appointment at her doctor's office, Amanda Denman was sent home, as she was not actively in labor. Just two hours later, she found herself in the company of Thomaston EMS crew and within minutes welcomed daughter Althea Rose to the world.

"Thanks for the understanding and care which you provided," the letter stated.

"In honor of the relatively few of us who have been privileged enough to participate in such a success emergency birthing," it continued. "Keep up the good work."

Their significant others pinned the honorees to conclude the ceremony.

"It's so nice when it's something so special that doesn't happen every day," Selectman Lee Ann Upham said.

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