Franklin County communications officer helps to deliver baby boy

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Franklin County communications officer helps to deliver baby.
Pictured (left to right): Dr. Layne MD, FACEP; Deputy Director Cundiff; Communications Officer Creighton; Major Sigmon. (Photo Courtesy: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Franklin County communications officer came to the rescue when a baby boy decided he didn’t want to wait for EMS to arrive.

On Saturday, June 20, Dispatcher Creighton assisted the family in delivering the child over the phone.

Franklin County Communications started using Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) on November 5, 2018. The program’s 9-1-1 telecommunicators are both EMD and CPR certified.

The sheriff’s office mentions that EMD personnel are not physicians, nurses, or paramedics, and, therefore, cannot offer medical advice or diagnose conditions.

They can assist callers with anything from how to control a bleed, how to administer an epi-pen to someone in anaphylaxis, give direction to someone on how to administer Narcan for a drug overdose, provide guidance to assist in childbirth, and walk someone through CPR instructions all over the telephone.

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