Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111
For Immediate Release: December 7, 2001
CON EDISON WORKER HELPS DELIVER BABY IN GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
NEW YORK -- Con Edison worker Sal Franzese, a corporal in the Army National Guard temporarily serving as a Military Police officer patrolling Grand Central Terminal, helped deliver a baby on Wednesday when a woman went into labor in the station during the evening rush hour. Franzese was approached by a couple who requested an ambulance, but the baby wouldn’t wait.
“She had the baby very fast,” Franzese said. “My partner made sure the baby was breathing and I attended to the exhausted mother,” he explained. “People were cheering us on, but we were so worried about the baby and the mother that it really didn't matter.”
At 8:20 p.m., 7-pound, 9-ounce Christopher was born, and the mother and child were taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital.
“After what happened on September 11, this was such a refreshing experience from our normal duties. I don’t consider myself a hero; I’m just glad that this family is happy and they’re together,” Franzese said.
Franzese, a mechanic with Con Edison’s Installation and Apparatus department, Manhattan Electric Construction, has been on National Guard duty since November 1, assigned to patrolling Grand Central Terminal and other city landmarks.
He lives in Mahopac Falls, New York, and is an emergency medical technician with the volunteer fire department there.
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