Ian and Jen Vickery of Elko have an amazing story to tell their daughter about the day she was born.
Elko Fire responded to a 911 call just before 2 AM August 2nd as Ian Vickery’s wife Jen was in labour with their first child.
Vickery says they were sent home from the hospital and told to come back the next day for the delivery, only for baby Alice to be born in Elko two hours later.
“They were great, they were there really fast and helped out,” Vickery says. “It was good to have the support, because Fernie ambulance was probably still another 15 minutes away, so it was nice to have them there and somebody who knows what they are doing to help out.”
This was the first time Elko Fire has helped in the delivery of a baby, so they recognized Alice as an honorary member of the detachment.
Ian Vickery says he’s thankful they had the support of firefighters that night.
“Its pretty neat, she got a certificate. It’ll be a great story to tell her when she’s older,” Vickery says. “It’ll be nice when she can hear that story and understand what happened that night.”
According to local records, Alice is also the first baby to be physically born in the community of Elko since 1934.
– Ian Vickery, proud father