Staff and customers at the Price Chopper store in Queensbury witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event Friday morning.
A woman who was shopping at the store went into labor and gave birth in the front of the store around noon.
Store manager Tom Dinardi said the woman went to the service desk to ask that an ambulance be called because she was in labor. But before West Glens Falls Emergency Squad staff could get there, she began giving birth to a baby girl.
“The baby didn’t want to wait for the paramedics,” Dinardi said.
Jason Miller, a State Police investigator and West Glens Falls emergency medical technician, said squad members arrived to find that Dinardi had guided the woman and baby partially through the birth. EMTs assisted with the rest of it.
“Mr. Dinardi did a great job,” Miller said.
The mother, the child’s father and their newborn left on a gurney to be taken to Glens Falls Hospital, but all appeared to be doing well, Dinardi said. The mother was identified as Danielle Dutcher of Queensbury.
Store staff sent them off with flowers and a balloon that read “Congratulations.” Dinardi said they also planned to take up a collection to buy the family a Price Chopper gift card for diapers and baby items.
Officials said the child was the woman’s fourth.
Miller said it was his second assistance with a birth as an EMT. He delivered a baby in the parking lot of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office about 8 years ago.