County Workers Commended For Helping In Child Births

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management Department recognized several of their employees Wednesday who assisted two mothers going into labor.

The first birth occurred on March 10 when Communications Officer Peter Kaczmarski took a 911 call from Cameron whose wife Tierra was in labor and in need of assistance. Kaczmarski aided in the successful delivery of baby Takylah all while notifying EMS and gathering information from the father.

Exactly two months later on May 10, Deputy Emergency Management Director Joe Meagher along with Communications Lieutenant Christine Churchill and Court Security Deputy Kelly Cotter helped Ashley deliver baby Sylvia on the steps of the courthouse.

Ashley thanked those who guided her through the birth of her third child. She says it is a miracle that people were available to help and believes if they were not there things would not have gone so smoothly.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt presented his staff with a Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Challenge Coin for their excellent work and all received a letter of commendation. Schmidt says expecting mothers in Dodge County can rest easy knowing emergency responders are well equipped to assist in a moment’s notice.

He also announced that Communications Officer Vicki Lessard and several other dispatchers aided over-the-phone another mother giving birth on Tuesday.


Joe Meagher discusses his role in the birth about halfway through the program: