Six weeks ago Camden Michael Hontz was born on a cold December night in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill convenience store on Main Street in Slatington.
Recently his mother and father were in the Northern Valley Emergency Management Services building on Church Street in Slatington to meet the man and women who delivered him.
Though Camden slept through the reunion, his mother and father Megan Poremba and Dillon Hontz were still very proud to show him off. His mom gave big hugs and "thank you cards" to EMTs Jason Nicholas and Michelle Bisbing, and to Slatington police woman Patrol Officer J. Angelone who responded to their 911 call and delivered the baby.
Officer Angelone was the first to arrive at the parking lot and to take charge of the crisis.
"I told her to relax and to stay calm," said Angelone, a slightly built woman with a ready smile and a Glock pistol strapped on her hip. She looked like she could handle about anything that needed handling.
"I helped her into the ambulance," said Angelone. Nicholas and Bisbing had arrived from their headquarters less than three blocks away. Bisbing, who is a registered nurse, and Nicholas, an emergency medical technician, said that they tried to keep things as private as possible.
"He just popped out," said Angelone who took charge of the actual delivery in the back of the ambulance.
"The EMTs handed me a sterile scalpel and I cut the umbilical cord and clamped it off," said Angelone. The birth was recorded in the EMT's log as being at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4. The baby boy weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces.
Angelone, 28, said her previous experience delivering puppies while a veterinarian's assistant became "extremely useful" when it came to delivering babies.
Larry Lilly, the assistant manager of North Valley Operations, said of Nicholas and Bisbing, "They are excellent employees who think quickly on their feet; they did the right thing.
"This happens only once in a lifetime if at all," said Lilly.
Poremba, who is from Lehighton, said she and the baby's father were at Wal-Mart in Lehighton when she started getting labor pains. She called her doctor who directed her to come to the hospital in Allentown.
But soon the contractions were coming too quickly and Poremba knew by the time they got to Slatington, she was going to deliver the baby. That's when Dillon called 911 and the emergency services people got that "once in a lifetime chance."