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911 dispatchers help couple give birth at Dixon County Fair
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911 dispatchers help couple give birth at Dixon County Fair

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CONCORD, Neb. -- Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dixon County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Cyndi Koeppe received a 911 call from a carnival worker at the Dixon County Fair.

"It was a man who said his girlfriend was having a baby on the fairgrounds," Koeppe said. "The girlfriend wasn't just going into labor. She was literally giving birth to a baby at the fair."

This was a new experience for Koeppe, who has been a dispatcher for 13 years.

"I was trying to calm the man while I was trying to stay calm," she said. "Luckily, I had (dispatcher and EMT) Sara Kumm by my side."

Kumm talked the man and woman through the birthing procedure while Koeppe dispatched the Allen (Neb.) Rescue and Dixon Rescue units to the fairgrounds in Concord.

Both mother and newborn daughter were transported to Wayne Providence Medical Center, in Wayne, Neb., by Allen Rescue. Authorities did not immediately release their names Tuesday.

According to Koepp, everything transpired in less than 25 minutes.

"From everything that I've heard, mother and baby are doing fine," Koepp said on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm just happy to be able to help."   

The Dixon County Fair starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

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