Virginia Beach Firefighter Helps Deliver Baby Girl

Valerie McGowan was in the advanced stages of child birth on the early morning of Oct. 26.

Virginia Beach Firefighter/Paramedic Nina Myers holding Beverly, alongside Valerie McGowan. Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Fire Dept.

Nena Myers, firefighter and paramedic, was on duty at the Virginia Beach Fire Department that same morning.

The two strangers did not know their lives were about to be intertwined, following the birth of a healthy baby girl.

Engine 21 was dispatched that morning to assist McGowan when went into labor. When Myers and the other firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw that the delivery of McGowan’s baby was imminent and there was no time for her to be transported to a hospital.

Myers stepped in and helped delivery the baby girl, named Beverly, less 30 minutes after they had arrived.

A few days later, McGowan thought of a perfect way to thank Myers and her crew for helping delivery Beverly. She dressed Beverly up as a firefighter for her first Halloween costume.

McGowan and her parents visited the station to thank Myers and the other firefighters once again for helping to bring her baby girl, maybe even a future firefighter, into the world.

Virginia Beach Engine 21 Crew with Blake and Valerie McGowan. Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Fire Dept.
Baby Beverly. Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Fire Dept.