Deputy & Dispatcher Deliver A Baby

Writer: 
Jamie Burch

An Okaloosa County Deputy and 911 Dispatcher are rewarded for delivering a baby.

Jennifer Smith was at her Fort Walton Beach home when she went into labor in the middle of the night on June 26th. It was too late to go to the hospital, so her husband Ken called 911.


Ed Parr, the 911 Dispatcher who answered the call, walked Ken through the process. The baby's head had crowned by the time Deputy Mike Smith arrived at the house. Parr walked Deputy Smith the rest of the way.

When paramedics arrived, 8 pound, 14 ounce Adam Smith was already showing off his good set of lungs.

Deputy Smith called it "an absolutely incredible experience". He says he watched his own four children come into the world, but this spur-of-the-moment, hands-on experience was very different.

Both Deputy Smith and Parr today received a "Thumbs Up" award from Dino Villani, Director of the Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety.

Adam's parents say he is doing great.