Utica firefighters receive Stork Award for baby delivery

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 7, 2021

 The Utica Fire Department’s Andrew Doroh, Jeffrey Ljungvall and Michael Ryan  hold their Stork Awards from Beaumont Hospital, Troy, which they received  in late May for delivering a baby boy in the field Feb. 1

The Utica Fire Department’s Andrew Doroh, Jeffrey Ljungvall and Michael Ryan hold their Stork Awards from Beaumont Hospital, Troy, which they received in late May for delivering a baby boy in the field Feb. 1

Photo provided by Gus Calandrino

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UTICA — A baby was safely delivered in Utica Feb. 19 thanks to three Utica firefighter paramedics who were called to help outside the Holiday Inn.

For delivering the baby, the three first responders were given an award in May from the Beaumont Hospital, Troy, emergency center.

The Utica Fire Department’s Andrew Doroh, Jeffrey Ljungvall and Michael Ryan received the Stork Award for delivering a baby boy in the field who weighed 4 pounds, 5.5 ounces.

Ljungvall has been a member of the Utica Fire Department for almost three years and said this is a normal type of situation that firefighters often find themselves responding to, so they don’t see it as heroic.

“I work with an incredible and diverse group of individuals. Not one of us would ever have the idea that we are heroes. Throughout this pandemic, each has served with incredible fortitude and dedication, responding to some of the worst times in our patients’ lives. This particular event came in later in the evening as a possible delivery. We operate an (advanced life support) echo unit, as well as an ALS ambulance. I arrived first due to being the on-duty medic in the echo. I arrived to find the birth happening as I walked in. The ambulance crew (Mike Ryan and Andrew Doroh) arrived moments later. We were able to facilitate the rest of the delivery, care for the newborn infant, and take both to the emergency room at Troy Beaumont where Mom and baby were cared for,” he said in an email interview.

He said they didn’t find out about the award until about two weeks ago. He said they do this type of work because it is what they enjoy doing.

“I hate to sound like a cliché, but we don’t do this for the awards or recognition — we do this because we care about our patients, our residents and our community. Receiving this award and being recognized is truly an honor. Every member of Utica Fire Department serves our community and stands ready to help,” said Ljungvall.

Ryan also is Utica city councilman and said via email that this event was one of many similar calls he has responded to in his firefighting career.

“We do not do this for the accolades or the awards. This is about service to our residents. … Getting up at 3 a.m., leaving my family to respond to an individual’s emergency is an honor. Personally, I have assisted eight times in facilitating a field delivery. Honestly, it’s the mother that does all of the work. For me, it is an honor to make sure everything goes smoothly; in this case, the baby was delivered with no complications and was happy and healthy,” he said.

Ryan said that as a father of three young children, he is very proud to be a part of this mother’s and child’s journey, and he wishes them both well.

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