Boy honored for aiding birth

Awards: A 7-year-old who helped deliver his brother is one of many recognized by the county's Fire Department.

March 26, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Few first-graders can say they've helped deliver a baby, but Dillon Williams is being recognized for doing just that.

The boy was among 350 people honored by the Baltimore County Fire Department at its annual awards ceremony last night.

When he arrived home from school one afternoon in June, Dillon found his mother in labor. As his father raced to the family's Mount Washington home from work in Owings Mills, Dillon tried to keep his mother, Ariana Williams, comfortable. By the time Ben Williams walked in the door, the baby couldn't wait any longer.

The then-6-year-old called 911 and began relaying birthing instructions to his father, who had to keep both hands free for the delivery.

With his wife screaming in pain and a baby on the way, Ben Williams wasn't feeling so well himself, Dillon recalled in an interview.

"I said, `Daddy, you can't pass out. You're the only other grown-up in the house,'" he said.

The Williamses also have a 4-year-old daughter named Mariah.

Baby Benjamin - at 21 inches and 7 pounds, 13 ounces - was born safely at 6:18 p.m. Paramedics arrived five minutes later.

For his quick thinking, Dillon, now 7, received a citizen's certificate of merit from the Fire Department last night.

Also honored were firefighters involved in the November house explosion on Chalcot Square in Essex, a New Jersey truck driver who freed a man from a burning car after an accident on Interstate 83 near Hereford and a Cockeysville man who rescued his mother and son from a burning house.

The four Baltimore County firefighters who dug through debris at the Chalcot explosion in search of the homeowner and two trapped firefighters received the department's highest award - the medal of honor.

Lt. Charles Phillips, fire specialist Ronald Schreiber, fire apparatus driver-operator Gary Hinckle and firefighter Randy Nelson, all of the Eastview Station, "entered a very hazardous situation and put their own lives at risk," said Capt. Ross Cooke, who organized last night's awards ceremony at Loch Raven High School.

"We try to honor the people who have gone above and beyond over the past year," Cooke said.

The emergency medical technician who nominated Dillon for an award called the boy's performance "outstanding."

"He was outside waiting for us when we pulled up," said EMT Margo Smith of the Brooklandville Station. "I think he was very relieved to see us because he started to cry a little bit. But he was so brave the whole time."

Ariana Williams said her son, a pupil at Summit Park Elementary, doesn't talk much about the June 18 delivery, except occasionally telling his baby brother, "I was there when you were born."

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