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First-time mom gives birth at home in freezing temperatures. When the fire department arrives, they go the extra mile.
Image source: KFXA-TV video screenshot

First-time mom gives birth at home in freezing temperatures. When the fire department arrives, they go the extra mile.

Absolutely moving gesture

Cassy Abram gave birth to her son in her living room this week, and when first responders arrived on the scene, they did more than just give mom and baby a once-over and ship them off to the hospital: They shoveled the first-time mom's driveway free of snow.

What are the details?

Cassy's husband, Scotty, phoned emergency services and then went in to assist his wife, who was in heavy labor in the living room of their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"I was delivering a baby the next minute, and then the fire department showed up and they were calm, cool, and collective [sic]," Scotty told KFXA-TV.

Larissa Ruffin, Cassy's aunt, told CNN, "EMT arrived about 10 minutes later and they let dad cut the umbilical cord on the living room floor."

Scott Jr. was born at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and is doing quite well, according to the outlets.

Ruffin told CNN that as Scotty and Cassy were ushered out of the home to go to the hospital, the family witnessed the firefighters, who had responded to the call, shoveling the couple's snow-covered driveway.

"After they got mom and baby in warm blankets on the stretcher and 'Dr. Dad' was ready to go, we went outside and saw the firemen finishing shoveling their long drive," Ruffin said. "I was in such awe of their selflessness! It's amazing what some will do for others without knowing anything about them. It was not their job to come and shovel."

Firefighter Shane Mell said that helping the family out with snow removal was a no-brainer.

"We realized there was quite a bit of snow in the driveway," Mell said. "We started requesting some additional help from other units."

He later added, "We do anything we can to help the individuals that need help."

Anything else?

On Monday, Ruffin posted a photo of the firefighters' hard at work to the department's Facebook page, thanking them.

She wrote, "Firehouse #5 thank you so much for shoveling my nieces driveway after she gave birth in her living room this morning! Literally brings tears to my eyes! Thank you!"

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