2013-06-06 / Front Page

Putnam 9-1-1 dispatcher assists in delivering health baby girl

UPDATED with more info
Eric Gross

Just call her “Auntie Robyn!”

Putnam 9-1-1 dispatcher Robyn Tricinelli was on duty Wednesday evening when she received a call from Mandi Scuderi of Putnam Valley who advised that her son and daughter-in-law were traveling on I-84 in Stormville enroot to Putnam Hospital Center since the young woman was in labor.

Tricinelli obtained the couple’s cell phone number and called them: “At first the father advised that everything was OK and his wife’s contractions were three minutes apart. He said his mother was just overreacting.”

Tricinelli asked to speak to the wife to make sure that everything was OK. The husband advised the dispatcher that she was on a speaker-phone so his wife could hear her.

Tricinelli said she asked the woman if she was comfortable when the “mom-to-be began moaning. I asked if she was having a contraction and within a couple of seconds, the woman said the ‘baby is coming!’ Her husband yelled: ‘The baby is coming out!’”

Tricinelli told the father, John Scuderi, to pull onto the shoulder of the road before determining the couple was on Route 6 at Simpson Road—about a mile from the hospital.

Tricinelli used her years of emergency training and walked Eliza Scuderi and her husband through the birth process resulting in the delivery of a healthy little girl—Francesca.

Another 9-1-1 dispatcher summoned a paramedic from the Trans Care Ambulance Company and the Brewster FD Rescue Squad and while Tricinelli remained on the phone EMS personnel arrived along with Deputy Sheriffs John Kerwick, Edward Kennedy and Christopher Irwin. Kerwick reportedly assisted in the delivery of the newborn before mom and babe were transported to the hospital by ambulance while dad and big sister followed in the family car.

On Friday, minutes after returning home from the PHC Birthing Center, Eliza thanked Tricinelli for her care: “She was great and calm. She guided my husband through the birth. It was amazing. Everything she said would happen did exactly as she told us. Thank God she was on the phone with us.”

The Scuderi’s plan to thank Tricinelli personally when visiting the 9-1-1 Center next week.

Putnam Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Robert Lipton also congratulated Tricinelli for doing a “great job by keeping the father as calm as possible while giving instructions to both mom and dad that resulted in a healthy delivery.”



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