At 2:07 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, Vail Public Safety Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a man reporting his wife was in labor. They were pulled over on the side of Interstate 70 at the Gypsum off-ramp, exit 140. The VPSCC dispatcher, Kelly Klein, assisted the caller, Eagle Police Chief Joey Staufer, in delivering his first child, a healthy baby girl, who arrived before the ambulance and fire truck.
Chief Staufer cared for the newborn until Gypsum Fire Protection District and Eagle County Paramedic Services arrived on scene. Mother Vio and baby were transported to a local hospital, where both are doing well.
Klein has been with the Communications Center since December 2014, a relatively new addition. Child deliveries over the phone don’t happen very often, and he feels lucky to have been able to help. Klein said it was a very rewarding experience. “This is why I got into emergency services, for experiences like this,” he said.
Klein will be awarded a pink “stork” pin and will have his name inscribed on a perpetual plaque in the Communications Center.
Chief Staufer originally asked crews to meet him at the Gypsum Fire Station, but they didn't make it that far and delivered on the off-ramp to Gypsum. Click on the links below to download the audio of the 9-1-1 call.
Audio- Start of the 9-1-1 call
Contact: Jennifer Kirkland, 970-390-1553
Operations Support Supervisor
Vail Public Safety Communications Center
Audio- 2 minutes, 50 seconds into the call
Note: Please email to request the full 9-1-1 recording.