Television producer learns first-hand about emergencies

September 13, 1991

File this one in the life-imitates-art-imitates-life department: The Baltimore-born producer for the sydicated program

"Emergency Call" had an emergency of his own while in town this summer to tape segments scheduled to air Sunday night (Channel 11, 12:30 a.m.)

Allan Holzman, a 1964 graduate of Forest Park High School, had returned to Baltimore in mid-July for extensive filming with city ambulance crews when his pregnant wife went into premature labor. Rushed to University Hospital, Susan Justin gave birth to a pound, 5-ounce girl, Shayne, on July 16.

The baby remains in intensive care but is doing well and breathing on her own, Mr. Holzman said. When her weight reaches 3 pounds, the family hopes to move her to UCLA Medical Center near their home in California. They have been living at the Ronald McDonald House on West Lexington Street.

Rescue crews from the Steadman Station, at Eutaw and Lombard streets, and the Oldtown Station at Hillen and Forrest streets, were among those accompanied by film crews, said Capt. Patrick Flynn of the city fire department. Mr. Holzman said the Baltimore segments will air throughout the season and this Sunday's show will deal exclusively with area paramedics and firefighters.

"It was quite strange," Mr. Holzman said yesterday. "I'd spend all day and evening following medics around the streets and into hospitals, then go back to University at 2 in the morning to be with my daughter."

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