VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Dispatchers around the country are being honored as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators week.
Virginia Beach dispatchers field on average 100 calls an hour.
“You just never know what that next call is,” said dispatcher Deborah Mounce.
No better proof of that than the call Mounce had January 12.
“That’s the first one I had,” Mounce added.
On the other line was Altariqua Mosley.
“She was kind of slouched over on the chair,” Mosley said, talking about his girlfriend Laura Walker.
“I was behind her saying, ‘what’s wrong, what’s wrong?'”
Walker was 37 weeks pregnant.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Walker added.
What was going on was that a boy was about to come into the world.
“It just happened just like that,” Mosley said. “No more than 10 seconds later I saw the head.”
It was happening right there on the living room floor.
“I was like ‘no way,'” Mosley added. “I’m about to deliver this baby.”
With help from the dispatcher, Mosley was able to unwrap the umbilical cord from young Kaeleen’s neck and tie it off with a shoe lace.
“He was so good,” Mounce said. “He was really calm.”
Mosley and Mounce still haven’t met, but he is so thankful for all her help.
“I’m going to let him know daddy brought you into this world,” Mosley said to Kaeleen. “Daddy really brought you into this world, literally.”