Strathcona County Emergency Services members were a part of something special for a local family.

On Wednesday (Mar. 9), the family started driving towards the hospital to deliver their new baby when the woman's water broke on Highway 21. The family called 911 and a crew arrived within minutes to help.

"It was pretty cool to be part of a call when a new little one was brought into the world," explained firefighter paramedic Lee Dombrowsky, who said this was his first in-field delivery.

He added they always enjoy doing calls like this since oftentimes the calls they attend aren't very positive.

Baby Emi was delivered soon after in the ambulance on the side of the road, safe and healthy, and the family was then taken to the hospital.

A firefighter paramedic next to a mother holding her newborn baby girl.Strathcona County Emergency Services helped deliver Emi in an ambulance on the side of the road.

Then, about a week later, the crew was surprised by the family showing up to the station and letting everyone see and hold their little girl.

"In our job, we usually do our thing and drop them off at the hospital, and then from there, you don't really hear much afterward. So to have them stop by and say 'hi' and meet the little baby, it was pretty awesome and pretty fun," said Dombrosky. 

"I meant a lot to us to that they would take the time out of their day. I'm sure they're pretty busy and for them to think to stop by and say thanks, it was really kind and really thoughtful of them. It was kind of a bright spot our day."

At her birth, Emi weighed 9 lbs and 8 oz.