Nicole Wright ’20, a volunteer firefighter at the Geneva Fire Department, helped deliver a baby on a Sunday afternoon during a recent snowstorm that brought heavy snowfall, gusty winds and frigid temperatures throughout the Finger Lakes.
At around 2 p.m., with ambulance services tied up, the fire department was dispatched to a call of a woman in labor with the baby already crowning. Wright, also a certified EMT, arrived with fellow firefighters to find the child had been delivered by the father. She then cut the umbilical cord and assisted the baby and mother until the ambulance arrived.
“Calls like this really excite me because as a firefighter and EMT the calls that we typically respond to are more often finding people on their worst day. However, in this situation we’re helping a family welcome their child into this world and it is a special moment to be a part of,” says Wright, who has assisted in two previous births as well.
Outside of her academic work as an English major, Wright volunteers at the firehouse and responds to as many calls as possible. “I enjoy the freedom that the firehouse provides, which allows me to de-stress and focus on something other than the assignments I’ve been working on all day.”
Wright joined the Geneva Fire Department at the age of 18. Over her years of service, she has honed her talents in firefighting as well providing emergency medical care. A native of Geneva, she is a Geneva Scholarship Associates recipient and a Dean’s List student.